Take action for nature: Join a predator free group
IntroductionTake action for nature and join a predator control project in your backyard.
Our native species are in trouble and need us to act
Aotearoa New Zealand’s native plants and animals are in serious trouble. Over 4,000 species are threatened or at risk of extinction – one of the highest in the world. Introduced predators (including rats, stoats, and possums) kill an estimated 25 million native birds each year. We need bold action to secure a future for the precious native plants and animals like kiwi, kākāpō, takahē, native mistletoes, and rātā.
When we all take action for nature, nature comes back. It’s been shown in many parts of the country that we can reverse this decline by managing threats and restoring natural habitats.
What is Predator Free 2050?
Workshop group with Predator Free Tohu symbol stenciled traps.
Image: DOC ©
Predator Free 2050 is working towards an Aotearoa where our native species are safe from extinction and thrive alongside us. Aotearoa has a goal to eradicate the three most damaging predators (rats, stoats and possums) by 2050 – and everyone in our communities have a role to play.
Predator Free 2050 is a nationwide movement that brings together iwi and hapū, individuals, non-governmental organisations, businesses, government, communities, landowners, and people living in New Zealand from all walks of life. People all over Aotearoa are already taking part - backyard trapping, planting natives, volunteering, and donating.
Volunteering in your community can have a huge impact
Every individual action for nature makes a difference. There are hundreds of Predator Free and community groups around the country taking action for nature. They work to restore healthy forests, remove predators, restore waterways and coastlines, and protect native species.
Volunteering doesn’t have to be hands on
You don’t need to be fit or enjoy working outside to get involved. Groups often need volunteers to help with many other tasks. Like event organisation, grant application writing, social media, data entry and project planning. Think about the skills you already have and how they could benefit a community group near you.
The Predator Free New Zealand Trust has an easy tool on their website to help you find a group or predator free project near you. Just type your location into the interactive map and it will do all the searching for you.
Volunteering is good for volunteers too
Volunteering is good for nature but it also has big benefits for your wellbeing. It can boost your mood, give you enjoyment and satisfaction, help you make new friends, and connect you with your wider community.
Many volunteers enjoy the social aspect of volunteering – you can join with a group of friends or going along by yourself and meet new people.
Volunteering can also be a useful source of work experience. It can be a chance to learn, upskill, gain some practical skills, and develop your leadership abilities.
Join an event this Conservation Week
Some regions are running educational trapping workshops to celebrate and give back this Conservation Week. It’s the perfect way to learn, connect with your community and take action for nature for both newbies and seasoned trappers.