Both DOC and the owners of Great Mercury have been keen to eradicate rats and cats for many years, but neither could do this alone. Removing predators from the island will enhance native wildlife and improve the conservation of a number of 'threatened' and 'at risk' plants.
To protect our native wildlife the Department of Conservation is implementing the 'Battle for our Birds' predator control programme.
Goat control work is being carried out on Arapawa Island Scenic Reserve to protect distinctive native vegetation.
This climate change project encompasses 250,000 ha of the catchments which run off the Kaimai Range.
On the southern slopes of Mt Ruapehu, DOC and Ngati Rangi iwi are involved in an ecological restoration project called Karioi Rahui.
This unique project, centred on the Whanganui National Park, is a partnership between Horizons Regional Council, DOC, landowners and iwi.
Mainland islands aim to protect and restore habitats on the mainland of New Zealand through intensive management of introduced pests. Learn what makes each of our five mainland islands special.
Find out about DOC's acquisition of the Ngunguru Sandspit, the importance and future of the sandspit land, including feedback from 'Ngunguru Community Engagement Hui'.
Operation Ark, a flagship multi-species protection programme led by the Department from 2004 to 2010, provided valuable lessons for the future of pest control and species management for mainland sites.
DOC completed a 1080 pest control operation in Egmont National Park in 2010.
Find out about individual pest control projects on public conservation land.
Find out about Poutiri ao ō Tāne, a unique ecological and social project aimed at bringing native wildlife back into the lives of people in Hawke's Bay.
Project Island Song is a shared vision for the restoration of Ipipiri to become an archipelago rich in native flora and fauna for all to enjoy. These islands of the Eastern Bay of Islands are now pest-free.
Find out about Project Kākā, aimed at restoring a diverse native forest bird community to the Tararua Forest Park.
Project River Recovery maintains and restores braided river and wetland habitat in the South Island’s upper Waitaki Basin for the benefit of its native plants and animals.
Learn about the plan to restore Pukenui Forest - Ngahere O Pukenui near Whangarei. Read about the values of the forest and the opportunities for recreation and community involvement.
The Rangitoto and Motutapu islands restoration project began in 2009 and aimed to remove animal pests from the islands. Rangitoto and Motutapu were officially declared pest free on 27 August 2011.
Learn about the operation that eradicated kiore (Pacific rats) off Taranga (Hen) Island in Northland.
This integrated species protection programme operates in the beech forests that line the Maruia Valley. You see these forests west of the main divide on the highway between the East and West Coasts over the Lewis Pass.
The Tui Mine is an abandoned mine site on the western flanks of Mt Te Aroha. The mine produced a range of base metals, including copper, lead and zinc from 1966 to 1973, when it was abandoned by Norpac Mining Co.
Situated in Pureora Forest Park, Waipapa is home to a number of New Zealand's native bird species. Learn about how an intensive pest management programme at Waipapa has resulted in an increase in native species.
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DOC's 24 hour emergency hotline:
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Call to report sick or injured wildlife, and whale or dolphin strandings.