Hawke's Bay lowlands and hill country is a highly modified environment - meaning generations have made changes to the land use, cleared bush, drained wetlands, realigned streams (even rivers!). New species have been introduced - everything from sheep, cows and horses to possums, rats and other pests. New plants were introduced but many have become invasive weeds.
These changes have had an impact on the native birds, lizards, insects, fish, trees and plants in Aotearoa - New Zealand. But how much of an impact? What is threatened here? What could we lose if we don't do something now?
Just as business people take an inventory of their stock and equipment to find out what they have and what they need, so the Hawke's Bay conservation community has taken an inventory of biodiversity.
The Hawke's Bay Biodiversity Inventory was begun in 2013 led by Hawke's Bay Regional Council scientist. People and conservation groups came together to discuss and assess what is known about biodiversity in Hawke's Bay. They helped to identify areas of concern and where biodiversity gains could be made.
The inventory has improved our knowledge, and we continue to add to it as we fill in our knowledge gaps about native habitats and species. The main gaps are in our understanding of marine biodiversity, private land biodiversity and many of the smaller organisms like invertebrates, lichens and bryophytes (liverwort and moss plant family).
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