Protecting our ecosystems into the future

While work is being carried out to enhance the natural eco-systems at Emerald Bluffs, work is also being undertaken to protect these ecosystems into the future through the control of animal predators. This work enables native species of flora and fauna to thrive.

Since January 2012, Emerald Bluffs has been targeting major animal pest species to protect both native plants and native birdlife. The results are readily visible; a pair of breeding NZ falcons raised their chicks on the cliffs above the lake, an increase in other birdlife, and the complete eradication of all rabbits since 2013.

The main targets are stoats and ferrets, possums, cats, rats and rabbits and hares. See the table for the updated numbers controlled since January 2012.