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  • In this activity, students research three aspects of biodiversity loss – direct species loss, habitat loss and pests and weeds.

    Rights: Lara Bieleski

    Coastal biodiversity

    An example of the biodiversity on the West Coast. New Zealand’s native biodiversity is unique, born of long isolation as small islands in a vast ocean.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • discuss aspects of biodiversity and threats to it
    • carry out online research and share ideas
    • understand some ways biodiversity loss is being tackled in New Zealand.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background
    • what you need
    • what to do.

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      Published 9 September 2008, Updated 8 December 2014 Referencing Hub articles
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