Many introduced plants and animals adapted well to our temperate climate and some have had a detrimental impact on our indigenous ecosystems.
The natural biodiversity has been so altered that many native plants and animals can no longer survive without human intervention. Our resources support learning about biodiversity and the impact of pest species.
A free inquiry learning programme, developed in partnership with the Department of Conservation, for Year 7/8 students [Level 4 of the NZC].
This facilitated programme focuses on pest species – both plant and animal that cause havoc in Canterbury. The learning activities have an inquiry focus with opportunities for students to become experts on one particular pest species and to initiate actions that support the enhancement of native biodiversity.
The programme includes teacher guide, student booklet, numerous relevant pamphlets, suggestions for further action and access to What a Pest?! wikispaces where you will find many useful resources.
How do the relationships between the different lifeforms in an environment change when there are unwanted guests such as possums and mustelids?
Biodiversity and terrestrial pests (pdf 2.22 MB)
What exotic beasties reside in our underwater gardens? New Zealand’s freshwater ecosystems are under threat from a range of introduced plants and animals. Head underwater and see which ones are doing the damage and why? Find out how you can be part of preventing their spread.
Underwater mayhem (pdf 3.29 MB)
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