Florida is renown for its wetland ecosystems; including Lake Okeechobee, the Big Cypress Natural Preserve and its iconic Everglades. It is also home to nearly 20 million people, all of who depend on freshwater for both domestic and industry use. The increasing human population has led to wetland alterations including drainage for agriculture and excess nutrient pollution.
Over the past few decades, constructed wetlands have been created to filter storm and waste water; for example, Stormwater Treatment Areas. Both these natural and constructed wetlands support a vast array of fascinating birds, mammals, plants, fish and reptiles.
As a masters student studying Wetland Science and Conservation at Bangor University I wasn’t about to give up the chance to visit these remarkable wetlands. This blog recounts the places I’ve been and everything I’ve learnt whilst in Florida.