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Peril, People and Progress - Restoration in Action

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Al Bramley, CE, Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) will be sharing ZIP’s approach to completely eliminating predators from large mainland areas at an event organised by Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay on 1 June.

Rats, possums, and stoats are generally accepted as main agents of ecological decline in New Zealand.

These three introduced predators alone are estimated to kill 25 million native birds each year, cost the country billions of dollars annually, and impact on our primary production base.

Many of the taonga species that remain are in trouble and declining, along with the integrity of those ecosystems that we all depend on for our wellbeing.

Zero Invasive Predators Ltd (ZIP) was established to develop operationally ready, innovative, strongly supported technologies to completely remove rats, possums, and stoats from large mainland areas, and then protect those areas from reinvasion. ZIP call this model ‘Remove and Protect’.

Al Bramley will share the successes ZIP have had to date, and their involvement in the Predator Free South Westland project - where the goal is to completely eliminate predators from a 100,000-ha area of diverse landscapes including conservation land, private farmland, and small settlements.

Biodiversity Hawke’s Bay general manager Debbie Monahan said that New Zealand leads the way in removing invasive predators from islands and predator fenced areas, but mainland predator elimination needs to be approached differently, particularly if we want to protect these areas from reinvasion.

“I would like to encourage anyone who has an interest in protecting and enhancing biodiversity to come along and listen to the inspiring work being undertaken by Al and his focussed team.”

The event, sponsored by ZIP, EIT and Better Nature Ecological Services, formally Central Districts Pest Control, is being held at EIT at 6.00pm on 1 June and is open to the public, although registrations are essential as numbers are limited. Visit www.biodiversityhb.org to register.

29 May 2021

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