We explored a short way up the Eastenders track, then looked at an eroding face at the bottom of the valley. The Port Hills has a layer of loess (deposits of windblown silt) over volcanic rock that readily erodes.
Below is some of what we saw:
This beetle was on the track as we were leaving; they are only found in Canterbury.
Common rough woodlouse
Grey house spider
Brown house spider
Gastropods (slugs & snails)
the slow slimy slug slid slowly sideways
on a bed of slime” (CM)
Flatworm (Phylum Platyhelminthes)?
Not sure of the identification here – will update it later if we get any more information.
We spotted quite a few weedy shrubs on this occasion, including pig’s ear, boneseed, sweet briar and gorse.
Our thanks to the folk iNaturalist NZ for help with identifications.