Friday, 24 February 2017

Mangrove Rehabilitation - The Nursery

One of my big exciting projects this year is rehabilitating a mangrove plantation on the island.

This month we have been busy cleaning out the nursery, salvaging seedlings, and planting more seeds.

Mangroves usually grow in tidal areas, and need to be submerged or flooded twice a day (as they would be were they growing naturally).  Our mangrove nursery is positioned in the plantation where the tide covers the seedling bags with water twice daily.

We salvaged 38 seedlings when we cleaned out the nursery. So far we have planted 71 seeds collected from the ground in nearby areas, and we have another handful yet to plant.  Based on the research I've done you can get baby trees quite quickly, but it takes years for them to mature.  I'm looking forward to seeing if we can get our seeds to take off. 

You can read more about the Mangrove Rehabilitation Project here and here.

Or see all posts on the Mangrove Rehabilitation Project here.

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