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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Find out what lives in your backyard and join us at Bio-Blitz headquarters in Waverley ... See MoreSee Less

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Only a few more days to go, join us for a sausage sizzle before the Wild Dunedin event at the Portobello Coronation hall. ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

A Bio-Blitz has been designed by Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group especially for kids in mind to discover just what plants and wildlife live in the backyards that are the gateway to the Otago Peninsula. Drop in to Bio-Blitz HQ at St Nicholas Church Hall, Waverley on Friday 26 April from 1-4pm to get plants and bugs identified by experts and learn how to identify other critters and plants. Make your own ‘pocket herbarium’. It’s free and everyone is welcome. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group. ... See MoreSee Less

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Korero gecko - Nighttime visitor at the bird feeder,...this is the result of ongoing trapping and control of introduced predators. Thank you for sharing this lovely encounter with us, Moira. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Thank you Portobello School! We had a wonderful morning in the field. Helping to keep our track networks clear, Portobello School Principal, Mel and class teacher Sarah with 7 children in the field. Amazing crew! A little onga-onga sting and a couple of wasps nests certainly didn't deter this keen crew. Thank you Portobello School! Lots of smiles along the way. ... 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