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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Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

On the Otago Peninsula, tui have respond extremely well to the OPBG pest control programme targeting possums (18,000 removed so far). At the Cove we also target ship rats - among the tui's main nest predators. The first tui fledglings of the season are now beginning to appear in the bush as our reward...Photo © Rod Morris ... See MoreSee Less

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Volunteer Coordinator
Peninsula, Otago Peninsula
Biodiversity Group
OPBG is seeking to engage a fixed-term, part-time Volunteer Coordinator (18 hours per week) to help implement the Group’s possum eradication plan as a delivery partner for Predator Free Dunedin, one of the landscape scale Predator Free 2050 projects.
The appointee will motivate and involve the wider Peninsula community, including inner harbour settlement residents, rural landowners, volunteers and other individuals and groups. They will continue to build, maintain and support volunteer involvement in the OPBG flagship possum eradication project by recruiting new volunteers, providing training, best practice guidance, health and safety plans and procedures, and ensuring the highest standards are maintained for all volunteer work and with the OPBG Guardians volunteer coordinator on specific projects.
For a full job description please contact the OPBG Secretary (secretary@opbg.nz )
Applicants must email a cover letter and CV with references by
5.00pm on Friday 8th November 2019 to: manager@opbg.nz
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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