Our possum and ferret control work has significant secondary benefits for New Zealand’s unique native flora and fauna. Possums eat the forest canopy and are one of the major predators of birds, preying on eggs, chicks and even adults. Some of our pest control tools − particularly 1080 − are also very effective at controlling the other two major forest predators: ship rats and stoats. Wherever possible, we work closely in partnership with DOC to generate conservation benefits.
Because New Zealand has no native terrestrial mammals (except for two tiny species of bat), our native wildlife has been devastated by the introduction of mammal pests such as possums, stoats and rats. The compound sodium monofluoroacetate (1080) is used by OSPRI to control possums to protect livestock from TB. It is also used by the Department of Conservation to kill rats, possums and stoats to protect native wildlife.
University of Otago scientists studying the survival of a tagged population of South Island robins through a 1080 poison operation and observing changes to their breeding success are helping to challenges claims about impacts on native birds.
OSPRI is proud to support the community-led Aorangi Forest Restoration Trust with its vision of enhancing and resotring the private and public land in and around the Aorangi Forest Park.
Project Kākā is a 10-year joint pest control operation co-ordinated by the Department of Conservation (DOC), the AHB and Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC). It aims to restore forest health and boost native bird populations across a 22,000 hectare belt of the rugged, densely-forested Tararua Range north of Wellington, as well as protect local cattle and deer herds from bovine TB.