People in the past often underestimated the value of wetlands as important ecosystems for native flora and fauna. Such areas were commonly referred to as "swamps" or "bogs" and tended to be viewed as unproductive land that was best drained and filled.As land became scarce wetlands also began to be seen as potential development or agricultural sites. Many housing and industrial sub-divisions in Devonport, as in other parts of the world were built on land that was previously wetlands.
Today it is accepted that well functioning wetlands have enormous benefits for the environment and the community.
Amongst other things they: