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Bells herald Godwits arrival

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Bells herald Godwits arrival

St Paul's Anglican Church in Papanui has marked the arrival of the Godwits by ringing its Church bells, a role usually reserved for the Christchurch Cathedral. Due to severe damage caused by the 22 February earthquake, the Cathedral was unable to make the announcement this year.

The Bar-tailed Godwits (Limosa lapponica), usually return to Christchurch in the second or third week of September. They head the list of 23 species of migrant birds that have been recorded using the Estuary as a sanctuary during the northern winter. The species can also be found in other areas of Christchurch including Brooklands, Lyttelton Harbour, Lake Ellesmere and Lake Forsyth.

The Godwits' arrival and departure, as well as those of other migrant species of wetland birds, is closely monitored by Council rangers and local bird watchers every year.

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