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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The theme for this year's National Volunteers week is “Whiria te tangata – weaving the people together” and we would like to celebrate our Peninsula volunteers without whom it would be simply impossible to achieve our ambitious goal of a Predator Free Peninsula. A big thank you, you are the backbone of our operation. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Good idea not to do trap checking during high winds. The remaining predator trap boxes were all Ok at the Pounawea Reserve when serviced by volunteer Jim earlier in the week, along with a year 13 student from Catlins Area School. ... See MoreSee Less

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4 days ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Ferrets have to be careful climbing barbed wire fences. Found by volunteer Jim while servicing the predator traps at the yellow-eyed penguin nesting areas at Owaka Heads and Penguin Bay. Also found rats, hedgehogs and a ferral cat. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

The big difference between suppression and eradication is that with eradication you are focussed on every last individual – and with the biggest eradication attempt in New Zealand you need new tools and technologies to achieve that. Our Mahia team have been trialling thermal imaging which is looking very promising as a critical tool in the toolkit! – See the possum? ... 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