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Possum control for Molesworth Recreation Reserve Western hunting area

OSPRI has completed an aerial 1080 possum control operation in Molesworth to control bovine tuberculosis. The following blocks were treated:

  • Bush Gully and Tarndale, completed 22 August 2023.
  • Yarra and Five Mile, completed 28 August 2023.

The area is shown on the operation map: 2023 1080 operation overlay map (PDF, 5,398K)

There may be toxic carcasses and bait (green coloured pellets) in the area. It’s not safe to hunt for food until the caution period is over and warning signs have been removed. This can take up to 8 months.

Dogs are not allowed in Molesworth Recreation Reserve at any time.

For further information about the operation contact Vector Free Marlborough on 0508 548 008 or and see: 

Alternative access – Awatere Valley Road closure

A hunting permit does not guarantee road access when the Acheron Road is closed. An activity permit for driving access to your hunting block will not be issued when the road is closed due to winter weather and farming operations except in exceptional circumstances. Plan for this in your block choices.

Access to the following hunting blocks are:

  • Boundary: Leatham Molesworth Route
  • Mt Severn: Sedgemere (walk around Dog Stream Block)
  • Travellers/Alma: Sedgemere

Alternatively choose a hunting block which is more accessible.

Check alerts for Awatere Valley Road closure information:

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