To achieve the vision of Predator Free New Zealand 2050, researchers need to develop novel tools and technologies for cost-effective, landscape-scale control, eradication and surveillance of small mammal pests.
Scientists have begun investigating how to wipe out the last surviving pests in New Zealand's bold bid to rid itself of rats, stoats and possums by 2050. A new $7.5 million programme, led by Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research scientists, aims to overcome what's long been a headache for predator-busting efforts – how to eliminate that final 5 per cent which manage to hang on. The Government's ambitious Predator Free 2050 initiative required scientific breakthroughs that could lift the kill…
Stoat and weasel guide: how to identify, habitat, diet and best places to spot
Stoats and weasels are fast and ferocious, with sinuous bodies and short legs. Part of the mustelid family, learn how to identify and where to see in the UK
Predator Free 2050: What are the target species?
Answer: It’s not clear. Ambiguity over target species is counterproductive, both to the goal itself, and to the public’s ability to understand and monitor progress towards it. On 26 July 2016 the then National Government announced a plan to eradicate all of New Zealand’s rats, stoats and possums by 2050. The decision – including the species to be targeted – was recorded in a cabinet minute earlier that month. Background papers show that a range of species were considered for eradication…
Stoats make a splash
Stoats are generally considered capable of swimming up to about 1.5km, but the discovery of a stoat on Rangitoto Island (3 km offshore) in 2010 suggested they may be able to get their little legs paddling for much greater distances.
Predator Free NZ Teacher's Guide UNCOVER VARIOUS ASPECTS OF AN ISSUE AND MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT POSSIBLE ACTIONS. EXPLORE THE IMPACT PEOPLE AND INTRODUCED PREDATORS HAVE HAD ON THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE OF AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND. ESSENTIAL QUESTION WHAT ACTIONS CAN WE TAKE TO HELP TO RESTORE THE UNIQUE WILDLIFE OF AOTEAROA NEW ZEALAND?
HOW LOW CAN YOU GO? A new approach to predator fencing — ZIP
Predator fencing is currently used in New Zealand to protect at-risk flora and fauna in small, predator-free environments, and to prevent contamination of industrial food processing plants. Unfortunately, current predator fencing systems have limited application, due to their high construction and maintenance costs, obtrusive 1800 mm stature, and lack of mobility. ZIP is exploring predator fencing solutions for a wider New Zealand context, particularly for use around rural and…