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.

Facebook posts

5 days ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group
View on Facebook

2 weeks ago

Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group

Last week we were fortunate enough to have Cat and Vicki from the Otago Polytechnic School of Veterinary Nursing visit us in Port Chalmers to microchip and register (on the New Zealand Companion Animal Register) some of our local feline friends as part of Halo’s responsible cat ownership programme. Thanks, Otago Polytechnic. Also, thanks to NZCAR for providing us with the microchips, registration and scanners for free. If you are interested in finding out more about how to become a responsible cat owner to help protect our native bird and lizard species please contact info@haloproject.org.nz. ... See MoreSee Less

View on Facebook


OPBG is proudly supported by:

Predator Free 2050
Predator Free Dunedin
Department of Conservation
Dunedin City Council
Lotteries Commission
City Forests