Rock wren
PHOTO: Kerry Weston | DOC


Battle for our Birds is DOC's successful national pest control programme that protects our most vulnerable native species.


The programme uses biodegradable 1080 applied by air over large areas of rugged terrain to knock down rats, stoats and possums. Trapping and other ground-based pest control methods also play an important part. For example, a large trap network in the Murchison Mountains protects takahē from stoats.

Success from pest control in 2014

The Battle for our Birds programme successfully stopped rat and stoat plagues triggered by widespread forest seeding in 2014. This helped protect native species across large areas from Waitutu in Southland to Tongariro Forest in the central North Island.

Pest control in 2016

Widespread forest seeding this autumn will lead to another rapid rise in rat and stoats, putting our endangered native wildlife at further risk.

Planning for additional pest control is now complete and the sites for this year’s Battle for our Birds programme have been confirmed. Our field staff and scientists continue to monitor seed and pests levels and have decided exactly where to prioritise pest control to protect native species most at risk.

Get the status and map of confirmed and proposed pest control operations

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