Towards a Pest-Free Otago Peninsula

The Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group (OPBG) has been set up by the local community to facilitate the removal of animal pests on the Otago Peninsula (9,500 ha) to protect the area’s biodiversity, lifestyle, and economic values

Possums have been identified as the most controllable of the many animal pests on the Otago Peninsula, and are the primary focus of the OPBG in the first stages of working towards our vision: “A Pest Free Peninsula By 2050”

The OPBG are working with other community members and groups, an advisory team, and skilled subcontractors. This collaborative approach has produced some great results so far to reduce possums to negligible levels and prevent re-invasion. The goal is to achieve a RTC of 1% or less by 2018 over the entire Peninsula.

Current Status (January2018)

The Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group (OPBG) has achieved a total of over 14,000 possums removed from the Otago Peninsula by the end of 2017! This incredible achievement is all thanks to a huge effort over the past 6 years from volunteers, residents, contractors, the team at OPBG, and our funders and supporters.


Check our What’s On page for the latest news.

Acknowledging our current supporters:


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