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More than 23,000 wetlands of various types and sizes have been mapped in the Avon region during the past few years. These were highly valued by the original inhabitants of the region as well as early European settlers. Aside from being places of great beauty and an integral part of south-west ecosystems, they were also sources of food and provided water for stock. Some early naturalists found an incredible diversity of life and reported fascinating adaptations to the pulse of the seasons. Barbara York Main, then of Yorkrakine, recorded her discoveries in ‘Between Wodjil and Tor’ published in 1967. Others, like Professor Dakin and overseas scientists represented by Folk Linder, named some of the unique aquatic species.