National Predator Control Programme
IntroductionOur predator control programme protects native wildlife and forests on public conservation land.
Native species are fighting for survival from predation by rats, stoats and possums. Without protection, we risk losing New Zealand’s unique natural heritage and biodiversity.
Alongside our partners, we use 1080, large-scale trapping and other methods to protect native birds, bats, frogs, lizards, giant land snails and forests. We do this work at important conservation sites across the country to help them recover.
1080 is the most effective tool to control introduced predators over large areas and rough terrain. Decades of research shows it protects vulnerable wildlife and forests and helps populations to grow.
The programme is a critical part of the Predator Free 2050 movement. It is protecting the remaining populations of native species while other tools are being developed to eradicate possums, rats and stoats.
To help achieve this, we are consulting and partnering with hapū, iwi, communities, landowners and other organisations involved in conservation.
National predator control operations
Stay up to date with the latest predator control operations to protect our native species.
Native species monitoring results
Monitoring of predator control shows at-risk species are protected and able to grow their populations.
Bird life increasing in the Heaphy valleySurveys from 2015 to 2019 have recorded numbers of nine native bird species increasing in the Heaphy valley, Kahurangi National Park.
Doubling native bird numbers in the Landsborough valleyThanks to more than 20 years of trapping and aerial 1080 treatment, native birds are flourishing in the remote South Westland valley.
Predator plague cycle
Heavy forest seeding could lead to a rapid increase in predator numbers, threatening the survival of native species.
Monitoring forest seeding
We monitor forest seeding to keep track of the food available to native species and predators.
1080 has been proven to work safely in reducing predators and we need to use it to save our native wildlife and forests.
National Predator Control Programme Annual Report 2022 (PDF, 4,861K)
Parliamentary report: Saving New Zealand's birds (PDF, 2,61K)
Predator response booklet: Protecting native species (PDF, 10,892K)