Most of Banks Peninsula is the remnant of three extinct, Tertiary volcanos now joined to the mainland of the South Island by the outwash plains from the Southern Alps in Canterbury, New Zealand. It covers 107,600 ha and has a mosaic of land uses such as pastoral farming, exotic forestry, horticulture and viticulture, life-style blocks, and remnant patches of pre-human vegetation among larger areas of regenerating native vegetation. Only 4% of the area is in formal conservation reserves but the whole area has high biodiversity values with ecosystems that extend from the littoral to the subalpine, with a high degree of local endemism (2.2% of arthropods are endemic to the peninsula), and many plants reach their southern or northern limits (13 and one species, respectively).
|Author||Parkes, J., Schmechel, F. and Fraser, W.|
|Secondary title||13th Australasian Vertebrate Pest Conference|
|Place published||Wellington, NZ|