Foweraker House is now open again (in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens), following closure after the earthquakes here. The collection includes a mixture of native and exotic alpine species, many of which are just starting to flower.
Post-quakes there is still plenty of demolition underway in Christchurch.
Meanwhile, the plants are making the most of any and all opportunities.
And the central city is also undergoing a major restoration of the banks along the Avon River (Te Papa Ōtākaro).
DoC has recently published a new report on the conservation status of NZ indigenous vascular plants, 2012. The report lists the threat status of 2580 plants.
The report and supplemental data are available here.
Post-earthquakes, a natural environment recovery plan has been developed by Environment Canterbury (and others). This is part of the Recovery Strategy for greater Christchurch. Biodiversity is one of the aspects considered.
Conservation Week is coming up – 8-15 Sep 2013. And its spring here, so its a good time to be out and about.
A New Zealand Lizards Conservation Toolkit has been produced by the Society for Research on Amphibians and Reptiles of New Zealand.