Biodiversity in our District
Selwyn District is large, diverse and ecologically fascinating
It takes in a swathe of the eastern central South Island, from island-like Banks Peninsula and unique Te Waihora/Lake Ellesmere, across the great Canterbury Plains, and through the foothills to the crest of the Main Divide.
It has a broad spectrum of ecological zones, reflected in the 16 ecological districts that cover it.
Natural Ecosystems and Biological Processes
The District’s natural ecosystems and biological processes are valuable in providing important basic services like erosion, flood and climate control, recycling of nutrients, filtering of contaminants, and capturing the sun's energy to form the basis of most food webs.
There are many projects happening on both private and public land to protect remaining areas and improve the habitat that they provide so that native plants and animals can survive in the long term.
- the Selwyn District Ecological Assessment Project which has a focus on identifying and protecting biodiversity on private land in partnership with Selwyn landowners
- the Selwyn Natural Environment Fund
- the Green Footprint Project
- projects on a number of Council reserves - for example see
The uniqueness of New Zealand's biodiversity means the responsibility for its continued existence is entirely up to each one of us, as individuals.