Story: Southland region

Beech forest, Hollyford Valley

Beech forest, Hollyford Valley

In the remote Hollyford Valley in Fiordland National Park, beech forest dominates, both in the valleys and on the slopes. Fiordland has Southland’s largest area of vegetation unmodified by humans. However, introduced animals such as possums and deer have done great damage to the understorey plants which used to thrive in the forest.

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David Grant, 'Southland region - Plants and animals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 April 2024)

Story by David Grant, updated 1 May 2015