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 OPBG 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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Applications are now open!!!!

Predator Free 2050 Limited is looking for doctorate and post-doc candidates to apply for full three-year funding, including operational costs.

Help eradicate rats, stoats and possums from Aotearoa by 2050!

Applications are invited on all topics of potential benefit to the achievement of Predator Free 2050.

Applications are due by 26 February 2021, follow the link below to find out more.
pf2050.co.nz/capability-development/
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The OPBG bird monitoring volunteers gathered for an evening of drinks and nibbles to celebrate the end of the 11th year of bird monitoring. Peter and Jeannie Hayden were kind enough to host us at their beautiful property in Portobello. It was wonderful to see both new volunteers who have completed their first season and others who are in their 11th year of counting and still going strong. Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to our growing data set. ... See MoreSee Less

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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