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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5 thoughts on “Towards a Pest-Free Otago Peninsula

  1. admin Post author

    Hi Lucy

    The survey is available as a pdf at present. It could be returned either by mail or email – we are working on an online survey.


  2. Jim Crowe

    I will fill in the online survey when available. be good to be able to do something proactive.

    Please keep in touch.

    Many thanks


  3. Duncan Davidson

    It’s great to see this website. I’ve always thought the Otago Peninsula would make a great mainlnd island, especially if you can encourage the suburban residents at the southern end of the peninsula to get really proactive with trapping, baiting and so on. If I’m back in Dunedin in the future I’d like to help out. Duncan

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