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Predator Free Moonshine Valley

We're supporting a community-led biodiversity project to protect native wildlife in Moonshine Valley.

Photo shows tui feeding on flax flower.

This project aims to get rid of predators in Moonshine Valley and protect species that are under threat.

Moonshine Valley is home to an abundance of native species including kererū, tui, cuckoo, korimako and green gecko – but there’s also a large population of possums, rats and weasels.

The local community have teamed up with Council to make the area predator-free. This project is about getting rid of predators in Moonshine Valley and protecting species that are under threat.

In September 2016 we provided predator traps to about 40 local families. We'll be working closely over the next 12 months to maintain the traps and monitor the number of predators caught. If successful, the scheme will be rolled out to neighbouring communities.