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Located near Hyde Street, Stony Creek Backwash supports a rare stand of White Mangroves (Avicennia marina). The White Mangrove is a tough species, it is likely to be the first species to grow on newly emerged mud banks, putting up its distinctive peg roots (pneumatophores) and being sturdy enough to survive in less than ideal conditions.
The original stand was totally destroyed by an oil spill in the early 1980’s. Replanting of the species occurred not long after, resulting in the species return but only on the Hyde Street location.
The Mangroves are now flourishing in their environment through regeneration and selfseeding.
Many Waterbirds feed and nest amongst the mangrove.
Water birds that visit the site are the Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia), a usually spotless bird with a distinctive black, spoonbill and black legs. The Great Egret (Ardea intermedia) is also present while being a threatened species, it gracefully flies in random bunches while hunting like a stalker. It is an irregular visitor but always graceful when present.