Towards a predator free peninsula

The Otago Peninsula is a wonderland of wildlife, scenery and heritage. Many of the creatures and plants that give Dunedin the reputation of New Zealand’s Wildlife Capital live and breed on the Peninsula or in surrounding waters.

In 2008, a group of keen Peninsula residents formed the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group (OPBG) with the vision of protecting the area’s biodiversity, lifestyle, and economic values by removing introduced mammalian predators. Since then, the OPBG has grown enormously, with over 100 volunteers undertaking a variety of activities. For a complete history of the project, visit the OPBG History Project 2008-2015.

Possum eradication is presently the primary focus of the OPBG in working towards our vision: Predator Free Peninsula 2050.

Since 2011, the OPBG has removed over 16,000 possums from the Otago Peninsula, and that number is increasing by the day. Residents have noticed the positive effects of removing these predators by an increase in native birds, rejuvenated native tree canopies, fruit trees and healthy vegetable gardens. This incredible achievement is all thanks to a huge collaborative effort from volunteers, residents, contractors, the OBPG team, and our funders and supporters!

In 2018, a partnership was established between 20 conservation-focussed groups to form the Predator Free Dunedin initiative which connects each corner of Dunedin to achieve a city-wide shared vision of eradicating predators from our incredible Dunedin city.

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The past few weeks have seen a bit of change in OPBG with first Kate taking up a new position with the Halo Project on the West Harbour, a bit closer to home and then Ursula also finishing up her contract and moving on to something new and different.
Now we would like to introduce our new Volunteer Coordinator for the Guardians group at the town end of the Peninsula and are thrilled to have Marcia Dale on board, who is already a long term bird monitor for the group as a volunteer, runs her own trap line and now has taken up the position as Coordinator. Welcome and great to have you with us😀
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Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

This map, drafted by the New Zealand Forest Service’s Southland Conservancy in 1950, isn’t the most colourful in our collection, but it provides quite a sobering illustration of the efforts that went into introducing possums into Otago-Southland forests from the 1850s through to 1950.

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OPBG is proudly supported by:

Predator Free 2050
Predator Free Dunedin
Department of Conservation
Dunedin City Council
Lotteries Commission
City Forests