Otago is currently under Covid 19 Alert Level 2. Please follow this link for details on Predator Control and Covid 19: predatorfreedunedin.org/covid-19

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 OPBG 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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Rabbit Control on the Otago Peninsula

Parts of the Otago Peninsula have seen an increase in feral rabbit populations in recent years and some landowners have struggled to maintain rabbit populations to at or below allowable levels.

Sustained control of rabbits requires a high level of collaboration, communication, and participation amongst the majority of landowners in the area.

The poster below along with an effective management plan and a detailed report has been prepared by OPBG to help landowners and anyone else undertaking rabbit control to achieve long-term sustained control and, therefore, maximise the impact of the time, money and energy expended, and ensure that gains are maintained.

This work is undertaken in conjunction with a feasibility study undertaken by Predator Free Dunedin towards the eradication of mustelids on the Otago Peninsula, of which the reduction in the number of feral rabbits is a critical component.


How to tell the difference between a feral cat and a pet?


This is becoming an increasingly important question for the staff at OPBG as we install more live capture cage traps near residential areas.

To help with ensuring we keep pet cats safe on the Peninsula we have developed a “Cat Map” which is an online form where you can register your cat and include its identifying features, including an option to upload photos.

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Email us directly:possums@opbg.nz

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Some of the new additions to the Otago Peninsula enjoying a relaxing day at Allan's Beach 🦭Each year, sea lions drop their pups off to a safe place for the day - much like a daycare! While the parents are out fishing, the pups get to snooze in the sun, play with other pups and practice their swimming skills. As you can see in the last photo, one adult female was tasked with looking after 4 pups!We are super lucky to be able to see these cool animals right in our backyards, but we need to do our part to keep them safe - if you're planning on visiting Allan's Beach, please drive with caution and be aware of your surroundings. Enjoy watching the pups playing from a distance, and park in the signposted area. Let's continue to keep Allan's Beach, and the rest of Dunedin, a safe haven for one of our rarest and most vulnerable species 💚 ... See MoreSee Less
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Thank you to everyone who has reported a mustelid sighting so far - keep them coming! Visit the link below to report sightings of stoats, weasels and/or ferrets in Dunedin ⬇️Have you seen a mustelid (stoat, ferret, or weasel) in Dunedin? We want to know about it! Help us collect information about where mustelids have been observed across Dunedin by reporting any mustelids that you see. This will help us build a picture of where mustelids are present in different parts of Dunedin’s urban and rural landscapes. We’re especially keen to hear about any sightings on the Otago Peninsula. survey123.arcgis.com/share/cf3e4d20fdaa4b888c246498c96ecc45 ... See MoreSee Less
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OPBG are working hard to track down the last possums in certain areas of the Otago Peninsula. We are using a variety of tools including dogs to seek out possums that have avoided capture so far. When we use dogs it can disturb possums and cause them to move into other areas. As we get down to lower numbers on the Otago Peninsula it is more important than ever to set your trap/s and report any sightings. We greatly appreciate all the community support we receive and would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a pest free new year. ... 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