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.

Facebook posts

3 hours ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

www.facebook.com/574824652688957/posts/1069026126602138/Over 1000 lizards recorded in one epic week on Otago Peninsula. Monitoring for the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

4 days ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

www.facebook.com/1781422028744580/posts/2323328447887266/For 2 days this week the authorities kindly relaxed their iron grip and allowed me to leave Possums' End to help our good friend and ace herpetologist, Carey Knox, carry out a survey of terrestrial lizards. The work was commissioned by the noble Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group.

The Otago Peninsula is home to 4 beautiful terrestrial lizards - The Green Skink, the Southern Grass Skink, the Cryptic Skink and the Korero Gecko. Sadly the Green Skink hasn't been sighted since 2007 and now may well be locally extinct. But we live in hope.

The photos include a pitfall trap containing 18 Southern Grass Skinks, as well as a number of photos of various pattern morphs of the less well known Cryptic Skink and a particularly spectacular Korero Gecko. Cheers Carey!
... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Happy international volunteers day everyone and thank you to all our OPBG volunteers for your time commitment and hard work. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

1 week ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

A holiday message for all Otago Peninsula volunteers and visistors from the Otago Peninsula Community Board ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook

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