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Predators and Prototypes: The Bottle Rock Project


Wed 11 Oct 2017, 6:30pm–8:00pm

Where: Waikawa Boating Club, Waikawa Marina, Picton, Sounds, Marlborough

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

ZIP (Zero Invasive Predators) is a research and development entity focused on developing the tools and techniques to enable an ambitious and exciting vision of the complete removal of rats, stoats, and possums from large mainland areas for the long term, sustainable protection of native biodiversity.

This model is known as Remove and Protect.

The Remove and Protect approach, if successful, will make it possible to:
- Eradicate predators at sites where it is neither desirable nor possible to construct predator fences
- Reduce our dependence on the repeated wide scale application of toxins at chosen sites
- Enable progressive expansion of a protected area as funds and confidence allow
- Create an environment on the mainland where, in time, ecological integrity could rival that of predator-free offshore islands

ZIP has maintained a 400 hectare field development site at Bottle Rock Peninsula, Queen Charlotte Sound, since September 2014. At Bottle Rock, the team is assessing the effectiveness of the current predator control toolset in a ‘virtual barrier’ system to protect the peninsula against reinvasion, and testing new prototype technologies as they develop.

Join Duncan Kay and Susannah Aitken from the ZIP Team for an update on ZIP’s progress at Bottle Rock and across ZIP’s broader research and development programme.

Wednesday 11 October, 6:30pm, Waikawa Boat Club. Bar open and light supper provided.

A Conservation Week event.