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.

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

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Thank you Otago University UniCrew for helping us out for a volunteer day - Arana College Rocks #aranacollege ... See MoreSee Less

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3 days ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Our third annual summer BBQ took place last Saturday to say thank you to our wonderful and hard working group of volunteers,...lots of food and talking and catching up and a Big Thank You to our former Trustee Moira Parker, who after 10 years of helping with possum control and waging war on pest plants all over the Peninsula, will take a step back and concentrate on her and John's own beautiful patch at Varleys Hill. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

A fantastic day to head on down to the Otago Museum Reserve to learn about what conservation volunteer activities are happening this year... Conservation Volunteers Coastal Otago ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Come and find Sandy at the Volunteers for Conservation stall at tent city!! We've got some fun activities and prizes to be won! ... 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