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Crown copyright ©. Copyright material on the Department of Conservation website is protected by copyright owned by the Department of Conservation on behalf of the Crown.


Unless indicated otherwise for specific items or collections of content (either below or within specific items or collections), this copyright material is licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence. In essence, you are free to copy, distribute and adapt the material, as long as you attribute the work to the Department of Conservation and abide by the other licence terms.


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