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New edition of Wild Dunedin released

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Wednesday 4 June 2014 9:09am

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From moths to mountains, lichens to lizards, mayflies to whales Wild Dunedin: The natural history of New Zealand’s wildlife capital explores the spectacular and diverse natural world of Dunedin City and its environs.

Otago University Press is delighted to be publishing this brand new edition of the Neville Peat & Brian Patrick classic. No other single book so comprehensively draws together all the major features of the region’s habitats, plants, animals, birds and insects.

Wild Dunedin won the Natural Heritage Category of the inaugural Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 1996. This new edition features stunning additional images and a wealth of new information.

‘Dunedin City is a biodiversity hot spot,’ says co-author Neville Peat, ‘encompassing an area of 3350 square kilometres. Within this catchment there is an incredible variety of habitat, from coastal areas with albatrosses and penguins to subalpine communities, and everything in between: wetlands, shrublands and forests.

‘Many facts about this stunning environment are not widely known. There are, for example, 30 plants and animals living within the city boundaries that are found nowhere else in the world,’ says Neville.

Wild Dunedin is an unparalleled guide and reference.

‘When many of New Zealand’s special ecosystems are under an alarming and increasing pressure from development it is timely to catalogue, understand and appreciate what is left of our corner of New Zealand,’ says co-author Brian Patrick.

Wild Dunedin is the perfect book for anyone keen to learn about Dunedin’s wildlife and natural history – discover how wild wild Dunedin truly is!

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Otago University Press
Tel 64 3 479 9094

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