Dissent at Iris Burn 1080 drop

The aerial 1080 pest control operation in the Iris Burn Valley was completed on Monday, the third of 22 confirmed South Island drops to be carried out. The Department of Conservation applied poison-laced cereal baits over 11,200 hectares of the valley just over a week after it was covered with non-toxic pre-feed bait. The 1080… Read more

First 1080 sites confirmed

The Department of Conservation’s ‘Battle for our Birds’ poison operations have been confirmed for Dart Valley, the Routeburn and Caples tracks, Iris Burn Valley, Waitutu and Waikaia. The operation is a preemptive measure to curb a predicted predator plague in New Zealand native bush this year, after a prolific flowering of beech trees and high… Read more

Parliamentary challenge of 1080

As the Department of Conservation (DOC) prepares for a concentrated 1080 drop in the second half of the year, a new political party is rising to fight it. Seed fall, possum and rodent levels are being monitored at specific national sites and, if a threshold is met, wide scale predator control will be actioned in… Read more