Predator Control

Introduced mammalian pests are a significant threat to native species in New Zealand.

The Poutiri Ao ō Tāne project currently controls pests over 8,000ha through a pest control programme, working with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and local contractors. 

From this pest control, it is envisioned locals in the area will one day see the ‘spillover’ of native birds from Boundary Stream and Opouahi into the surrounding landscape. The translocations undertaken as part of the Poutiri Ao ō Tāne project will have an even greater chance of success following pest control on such a scale. In addition, the impacts of some of the pests on agricultural production will be reduced, adding a direct economic benefit to local landowners.

The best expertise

Landcare Research designed a pest control programme that incorporates the various land uses of  the area including mixed forestry, pastoral and protected land. The pest control builds on the existing predator control programme at Boundary Stream Mainland Island. Species being controlled include goats, rabbits, possums, cats, ferrets, stoats, hedgehogs and rats.

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