Turning the next page on predator control in New Zealand

The catastrophic loss of indigenous biota triggered by the introductions of small mammals to New Zealand is well known.  The country’s deeply endemic bird species, highly adapted to New Zealand’s pre-predator environments, are particularly vulnerable because of traits such as flightlessness, ground nesting, and highly specialised diet.

In response, numerous ecological restoration projects have been set up across the country and its offshore islands.

Each project has reported local predator control successes, but their collective contribution to the overall biodiversity narrative has remained unclear. Continue reading