The curious and the creative went to Tamar Island on Saturday as part of World Wetlands Day.
More than 600 people explored the wetlands and were educated on their importance.
Business enterprise coordinator at Tamar Island Wetlands Centre Ambalika Travica said the atmosphere of the day was fun and energetic.
“The event was opened with a welcome to country smoking ceremony,” She said.
“A very enriching experience for the audience.”
Popular attractions of the day included cultural dances and the ‘Mini Beasties of the Tamar Wetlands’ hands on macro invertebrate identification activity.
“This educated the visitors in relationship between water quality and diversity of macro-invertebrates found in the wetlands as a biological indicator of the health of the wetlands,” Ms Travica said.
Ms Travica said she hoped the day would break the myth of wetlands being smelly and insignificant.
“Wetlands such as this are highly productive ecosystems that provide an important habitat for a diversity of birds, mammals, frogs, fish and invertebrates,” she said.
“They also act like our ‘kidneys’ and work to filter pollutants to purify water.”
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