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Dry and scaly – that is the tale of lizard diversity in Central Otago’s harsh environments.

It is also the topic presented at the Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust annual general meeting tonight.

Conservation enthusiasts have the opportunity to hear from Wildland Consultants herpetologist and photographer Carey Knox as he talks about his work with New Zealand lizards.

Mr Knox has worked on a wide range of projects relevant to the management and conservation of New Zealand lizards.

His main focus is assisting the Department of Conservation improve the understanding of endangered and poorly known lizard species in southern New Zealand.

A keen photographer, Mr Knox harnesses visual imagery to increase interest in New Zealand lizards.

For more than a decade, he has provided photographs of various rare lizard species for public talks, websites, magazines such as Forest and Bird, and a number of books including the latest field guide on New Zealand lizards.

Members of the public are invited to hear Mr Knox at the Haehaeata Natural Heritage Trust annual general meeting at the Stadium Tavern, 7pm tonight.