Endangered daisy reintroduced in the Banrock Station Ramsar Site, Australia

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Today hundreds of Spiny Daisies will be planted at the Banrock Station Ramsar Site, as part of a project aimed at reintroducing the endangered plant in Australia’s Riverland region.

The Spiny Daisy was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in South Australia in 1999. It is listed as critically endangered under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999).

Spiny daisy. Copyright: Banrock Station

The Banrock Station Wetland Complex was designated as a Ramsar Site in 2002 for its role in supporting several threatened species, including the Regent Parrot, the Southern Bell Frog and the River Snail.

The Banrock Station Ramsar Site is a unique example of wetland restoration led by a private company. In the early 1900s, a dam was built in the region, disrupting the natural seasonal flooding cycle of the wetlands and seriously degrading them. In 1992, Banrock Station Wines bought property in the area to grow grapes and produce wine, and started restoring the wetlands in partnership with Wetland Care Australia.

Today, the site hosts a Wine and Wetland Centre, offering opportunities for recreation and education. Banrock Station’s efforts in wetland restoration and promotion have been rewarded with the Ramsar Award in 2002.

The project reintroducing the Spiny Daisy in Banrock Station is run by a team from the Australian government, the Banrock Station Environmental Trust and Trees For Life.

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