1080 poison helps native robins
In this video, the head of the University of Otago's Threatened Birds Research Group, Associate Professor Ian Jamieson, explains the results of a study on the effects of modern aerial 1080 methods on a marked population of native robins.
Using the Animal Health Board's 1080 operation in Silver Peaks, the study found that:
- The pre-fed 1080 operation had no negative effect on robins
- It reduced the possum and rat numbers to almost zero
- Robins experienced relatively high breeding success when predator numbers were low