Updated 11 September 2018
Category 2 Special Ecological Areas are good-quality representative examples of indigenous flora and/or habitat of indigenous fauna. They include:
- Relatively small areas with vegetation types or plant taxa under-represented within the City;
- Relatively large areas with features that are represented in Category 1 Special Ecological Areas, but which are, nevertheless, worthy of protection;
- Areas containing vegetation types which would once have been more common in the Tauranga Ecological District and are under-represented in Category 1 Special Ecological Areas, but which have been degraded by weed invasion, animal damage, or other similar agents;
- Relatively small areas which still retain their indigenous character or support indigenous fauna.
Category 2 areas often contain more weed species or younger, more common vegetation types that are not nationally rare. It is therefore more appropriate to consider mitigation of activities within this category, as long as these areas are managed in a way that will maintain and enhance the ecological values they support.
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