Geodiversity and Biodiversity of Gibraltar Rock with Dr. Sam Hampton, Frontiers Abroad, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Canterbury, and Te Pātaka o Rākaihautū / Banks Peninsula Geopark and Andy Spanton, Biodiversity Manager, Selwyn District Council
Gibraltar Rock and Omahu Bush are jewels on the slopes of Banks Peninsula above Tai Tapu. This walk will take us through the varied native bush, rocky outcrops, and open pasture, where we will identify key species and discuss relationships within the landscape. We will explore the geology of Gibraltar Rock, unravelling the stages of volcanism in its eruption and formation, and look to link geodiversity (variations in rock, soils, waters, and landscape) to the biodiversity of the area and Banks Peninsula.
Duration: 4-5 hours
TRAMP - Track mostly unformed with prolonged up and down.
Wear sturdy walking shoes hiking boots. Bring snacks, lunch, water bottle, sunhat, sunscreen, layered clothing, a waterproof jacket and hand sanitiser.
Covid 19 - All participants are required to carry their own hand sanitiser. If at Alert Level 2 please bring your own face mask to wear in any instance where appropriate social distancing may not be easily maintained (car pools etc). The Festival will be cancelled at Alert Level 3 & 4 and you will be issued a refund.
Please be aware that credit card fees apply.