BFOB Southern Eyre Mountains

Southern Eyre Mountains ‘Battle for our Birds’ Possum Control Operation

Vector Control Services Ltd wishes to advise of its intention to aerially apply cereal baits containing sodium fluoroacetate (1080) in the Southern Eyre Mountains area, located in the Southland region. This pest control operation is being undertaken as part of the Department of Conservation’s Battle for our Birds predator control programme, to protect native species from possums.

Description of the Area

Up to 47,130 hectares of public conservation land of the Eyre Mountains / Taka Ra Haka Conservation Park. The operation is located to the south west of Lake Wakatipu approximately 6.5kms from Athol, 14.5km north of Mossburn and is bordered by the true left of the Oreti River between Irthing Stream and George burn. It covers all of the forested catchments that drain from Helen Peaks into the Oreti River and the Mataura River headwaters from the Bowels of the Earth in the north east, to Eyre Creek.

Method of Control

Cereal baits containing the pesticide 1080 (0.15%) will be distributed by helicopter over the described area. The 1080 baits are cylindrical pellets approximately 2-3 cm long, cinnamonlured and dyed green. The 1080 operation will be preceded by an application of nontoxic prefeed baits. The nontoxic prefeed baits are 2 cm long and not dyed.

We ask that the public do not venture onto closed tracks within the operational area during and immediately following the 1080 operation. Warning signs will be placed at all normal points of entry to the area and at other required locations within the area immediately prior to the 1080 operation. All unauthorised entry into helipad areas is prohibited.

Commencement Date

Application of non-toxic pre-feed bait is followed by the application of 1080 bait. Toxic bait application will take place on or after 30th April 2018. The actual date of the operation will depend on the availability of periods of suitable weather.

A detailed map of the treatment area and additional information on the operation is available for download below. Please contact the operation controller VCS on 03 768 9674