Tiakina Ngā Manu, formerly Battle for our Birds, is DOC's successful predator control programme
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Tiakina Ngā Manu is DOC's successful predator control programme.


This programme is aimed at protecting our taonga native species and forests through predator control. 'Tiakina Ngā Manu' translates as ‘protect the birds’. Here ‘manu’ symbolises all our forest creatures.

Native species are fighting for survival due to introduced predators such as rats, stoats and possums. Without active protection, we risk losing our unique natural heritage and taonga.

In this programme we use aerially applied 1080, large-scale trapping and other ground control methods to protect native birds, bats, frogs, lizards, giant land snails and forests. We do this work at the most important conservation sites across the country.

Aerial 1080 is the most effective tool we have to control predators over large areas and in rough terrain. Monitoring shows it protects vulnerable wildlife and forests.


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