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Wineries in Waipara Valley participate in Greening Waipara - a biodiversity improvement programme. The programme focuses on planting and maintaining native species in and around vineyards which in turn improves habitats for beneficial insects.
The native plantings in the Greening Waipara project have been shown to enhance:
+ biological control of pests and diseases
+ weed suppression
+ soil fertility
The New Zealand falcon (Karearea) is rarer than a kiwi and is New Zealand’s most endangered bird of prey. These natural
predators are an excellent resource in the vineyard, deterring other birds from damaging grape crops. Wineries in Marlborough and Wairarapa have supported the threatened species in their vineyards in an effort to restore the bird’s population.