Introducing Glen Riley - Co-ordinator of the Sinclair Wetlands in Dunedin.
The Sinclair wetlands are part of a 2,000-hectare wetland connecting lakes Waihola and Waipori on the Taieri Plain, 40 kilometres south of Dunedin. The wetlands were named after Horace (Horrie) Sinclair, a conservationist who bought the property in 1960 and had the vision to let it revert to its natural state.
Glen works with a lot of volunteers who are keen to learn more about conservation - spreading the spark and giving the people an opportunity to help out is what it's all about.
Glen's day is varied - from co-ordinating volunteers, planting, weed control, pest control and running the nursery which houses a few thousand seeds per year.
The Sinclair wetland now consists of ponds, water channels, swamplands and a couple of scrub-covered islands. Over 60 species of bird live in or regularly visit the wetland. It is now privately owned by Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. Glen hopes to have a healthy functioning wetland.
Walking tracks and an information centre is open to the public, and accommodation facilities are also available. Check out their Facebook page here.
Glen is one of Cactus's favourite customers - he must be close to owning the entire range of gear. Enjoy this wee video about him. We certainly did.