The Valleys Conservation Project: Fiordland
The Valleys Conservation Project brings together a group of private individuals and companies committed to preserving and enhancing native birdlife in Fiordland. They aim to help DOC reduce stoat and rat numbers by funding, installing and servicing self-setting predator traps. Its inaugural project in the Cozette Burn valley, west of Te Anau, helps protect endangered whio (blue duck), kea and kiwi.
The Foundation’s charitable status encouraged individuals to support this conservation project.
The strategy of the Valley Project is to establish trap lines adjacent to the whio and takahē protection areas in Fiordland so they complement DOC’s existing conservation efforts. The first line was established in the Cozette Burn west of Te Anau in October 2016 with 250 traps along 13km of river. The kill count was around 750 in the first 6 months. This valley has a high whio population with 20 ducks identified in the northern half of the valley during a January 2017 survey. The objective is to extend this work into other valleys in Fiordland.
For more details on the project click here.
How you can help
Your donation will be directed to supporting the existing work and establishing new trap lines in other valleys.