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.

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.

The OPBG is currently in the process of redeveloping this website – the full website will be completed by January 2019. Thank you.
Predator Free Dunedin

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Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

We are looking forward to our public meeting next Wednesday at the Macandrew Bay Hall (7pm-9pm). Also our 10th anniversary! We have been busy putting out signs across the Peninsula to advertise this free event and today we found that all five of our billboard signs have vanished... possibly the gusts of wind we experienced this morning! Nonetheless, we will be replacing all the signs tomorrow so please do not think this event has been cancelled! We just hope that someone contacts us if they find one of our posters littering the area and we will come and collect! We look forward to seeing you all at the Macandrew Bay Hall next Wednesday 24 October at 7pm for an informative update on OPBG's operations and to celebrate our 10th anniversary. All are welcome, child friendly! Hope to see you there. ... See MoreSee Less

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A big Thank you for the helping hand from Nichols Garden Centre in Dunedin to showcase our 2019 Calendar. They are available to purchase at the store for $20 only. ... See MoreSee Less

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OPBG is proudly supported by:

Department of Conservation
Dunedin City Council
Lotteries Commission
Otago Regional Council
Otago Community Trust
Harry J. Wilson Trust
Dunedin Casino Charitable Trust
ANZ Staff Foundation
City Forests
Larnach Castle