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Battle for our Birds: Beech Mast 2014

A predator plague is posing a serious threat to our endangered native wildlife. High levels of seed production (mast) in our beech forests is triggering a rodent and stoat explosion.

When seed supplies run out these predators turn on endangered birds such as mōhua, kākā, kea, whio and kiwi along with other at risk species like bats and land snails.

To protect our native wildlife the Department of Conservation is implementing the Battle for our Birds predator control programme.