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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This year's Great Kereru Count starts tomorrow 18th September and runs until the 27th.
How you can get involved:
Everyone can get involved and participate in Dunedin’s backyards and green spaces. It only takes five minutes to make observations and enter your data! Every count helps and we would love you to help us spread the word!
Join the kererū count by visiting the Great Kererū Count website to add your kererū sightings. There are two ways to make an observation:
• Report a kererū sighting. Seen a kererū swoop overhead on your way to work? Report it!
• Do a timed survey. Choose a spot and record how many kererū you see (or don't see) over a set period. This lets us know where kererū are present and absent, which is also important.
You can report these in two ways:
• Visit the Great Kererū Count website and add your observation using their form.
• Add observations to the Great Kererū Count project on iNaturalist NZ.
• For on-the-go sightings, go mobile by downloading the iNaturalist app. Available on the App Store or Google Play.
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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