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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Predator Free Ngaio, Wellington — 10,000 rats and mice ... See MoreSee Less

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OPBG received a very welcome surprise in being the recipient of $1000 through the monthly draw from SBS Bank. A big Thank You .....OPBG Trustees Laurie, Dave and Marita and Manager Nathan with Alison and Jinny from SBS. ... See MoreSee Less

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Wendy - Champion Possum Trapper ... See MoreSee Less

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"A Korero Gecko hunting for moths at night, rather like a tropical house gecko. If you keep the predators to low levels (especially the rats and mice) it's remarkable how quickly NZ lizards adapt their behaviour." Shaun Murphy. Shaun recently trapped the 500th ship rat on his Portobello property since 2011. He is rewarded by a growing native biodiversity. Congratulations Shaun of Possums' End that's a great contribution to Predator Free Dunedin. ... 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