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Battle for Our Birds 2016: Kepler Peninsula Predator Control Operation: updates

Battle for the BirdsDOC

UPDATE Fri 17 Feb 2017

Battle for Our Birds – Kepler Peninsula, Post Operational Update #3 and End of Caution Period

This operation aims to protect native vulnerable flora and fauna including native bird species such as South Island kākā, whio, Fiordland tokoeka/kiwi and bats over 20,000 hectares of beech forest in the Kepler Peninsula of the Fiordland National Park, by targeting rodents.

Set out below is the third post-operational update and to confirm the end of the Caution Period for this site.


  • Water samples from the Iris Burn near the confluence with Lake Manapouri and from the Tutu Burn near the confluence with Lake Te Anau were analysed by the Landcare Research laboratory in Christchurch and showed no detectable levels of 1080.
  • Bait and carcass monitoring commenced in this site on 21 September 2016. This has now been completed; consequently, the caution period is concluded and warning signs have been removed.
  • This site will be removed from the next SSI pesticide summary which is due for release on 1 March for the period 1 March to 30 June 2017.
  • A further update will follow in due course regarding the outcome of the rat tracking and species monitoring.

UPDATE Tue 27 Sept 2016

Toxic cereal bait containing 1080 has been located outside the treatment area in the vicinity of Supply Bay Road, Manapouri. We have attached a map, which shows the associated caution area. Warning signs are in place.

An investigation is being conducted into how this occurred, and an update will be provided when this is complete.

In the interim, please observe the risk information set out in the earlier post operational update below.

UPDATE Wed 21 Sept 2016

Risk Information:

Bait and carcass monitoring commenced today, 21st of September 2016.

Carcass monitoring will determine when warning signs will be removed from this treatment area. We expect to remove warning signs from this treatment area, legally a minimum of four months from the last day of application of the toxin cereal bait, i.e. four months from 21st September 2016.  The estimated warning sign removal is therefore 21st January 2017.

This is a minimum estimated caution period and is subject to bait and carcass monitoring. Warning signs may stay up for longer if monitoring suggests that pesticides could still be present.

Only when we have removed warning signs, can you resume normal activities in the area. If in doubt, please contact us at the Fiordland District DOC Office on 03 249 0200.

Until the removal of warning signs, you should continue to adhere to the following simple rules to minimise risks in this area:

  • DO NOT touch or handle bait
  • WATCH CHILDREN at all times
  • DO NOT EAT animals from this area
  • Remember, poison baits or carcasses are DEADLY TO DOGS. Dogs are not permitted in the Fiordland National Park.

We will update again, when monitoring results are available.


A reminder that all those hunting on conservation land, need a DOC hunting permit which provides information on where and when to hunt. This includes the need to check the relevant pesticide summary for the area you intend hunting in, before you go hunting. Those with DOC hunting permits wishing to undertake hunting on conservation land, should check the online DOC Pesticide Summary for this area “Kepler” under “Southern South Island” which will state the status for carcass recovery.  The next update will be published on 15th October 2016 covering the period 1st November 2016 – 28th February 2017, and will reflect the four month minimum period from 21st  September 2016 as stated above. Please note the Pesticide Summary contains separate summaries for toxin and bait station areas, as well relevant maps. Please see this link:

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Laura Harry

Conservation Services Ranger
Department of Conservation – Te Papa Atawhai
Fiordland District Office – Taonga rāhui
Lakefront Drive, PO Box 29, Te Anau 9640
T: +64 (0)3 249 0200 | F: +64 (0)3 249 0257 | VPN: 4843

UPDATE Mon 19 Sept 2016

Department of Conservation confirm the Kepler aerial toxin operation for the Battle for Our Birds programme is planned to start, weather permitting tomorrow on Tuesday, 20th September 2016 and may roll over to Wednesday, 21st September 2016.  

UPDATE 7:02pm Sat 10 Sept 2016

We write to confirm the Kepler Peninsula non-toxic prefeed operation was successfully completed yesterday on Friday, 9th September 2016 and tracks have now been cleared.

The aerial toxin operation will be scheduled, subject to weather to take place a minimum of five days from completion of the pre-feed on date/s yet to be finalised.  We will be in touch to advise when this will take place, 24-48 hours prior to commencing the aerial toxin operation.

UPDATE 1:04pm Wed 7 Sept 2016

We write to advise due to weather, the scheduled aerial pre feed operation for tomorrow has now been postponed and has been rescheduled to commence (subject to weather) on Friday 9th September with the possible roll over to Saturday 10th September in order to complete the operation. As advised yesterday, Supply Bay Road will be closed during the operation, from 630am on Friday, and possibly Saturday. Access to the Kepler Track is also restricted during this time and members of the public are advised to avoid the area during this operation.  We will be in touch to let you know when the operation has been complete. Any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.


We wish to advise that the Kepler Peninsula prefeed non-toxin predator control operation is confirmed to take place, weather permitting, on Thursday 8th September 2016. It may also roll over to Friday 9th September 2016. Supply Bay road will be closed to the public from 6.30am on Thursday morning until the completion of the operation.  Access to the Kepler Track will also be restricted during this time, and members of the public are advised to avoid the area during the operation.

To increase the effectiveness of the predator control operation, the prefeed operation will consist of non-toxic prefeed cereal pellet bait applied at 1kg/ha over approximately 20,000 ha as indicated on the map (i.e. between Lakes Te Anau and Manapouri including Hidden Lakes, the Iris Burn and the Forest Burn catchments).

We will be in touch to confirm the completion of the prefeed operation (including the clearance of tracks) and to give notification when the toxin application is scheduled to take place.

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Ngā mihi

Laura Harry

Conservation Services Ranger
Department of Conservation – Te Papa Atawhai
Fiordland District Office – Taonga rāhui
Lakefront Drive, PO Box 29, Te Anau 9640
T: +64 (0)3 249 0200 | F: +64 (0)3 249 0257 | VPN: 4843

Posted: 07/09/16

Posted By: Margaret McMahon