The Valleys Conservation Project offers a framework for private individuals and companies to undertake landscape scale conservation projects in Fiordland. Interested parties can "Adopt a Valley". The group co-operates closely with DOC to reduce stoat and rat numbers by funding, installing and servicing predator traps.
The group aims to protect endangered Whio (blue duck), Kea and Kiwi in particular. Their objective is to extend this work into adjoining valleys to develop a network of protected valleys. The group is establishing trap lines adjacent to the Whio and Takahe protection areas in Fiordland to complement DOC's existing conservation efforts.
The Foundation’s charitable status encourages individuals to support this conservation project.
The first lines were established in the Cozette Burn west of Te Anau in October 2016 with 300 traps along 15kms of river. The recorded kill count was around 2000 predators in the first 24 months. The Cozette valley has a high Whio population with 20 ducks identified in the northern half of the valley during a January 2017 survey, and also a significant Kea and Kaka population.
In September 2018 a new project in the Upper Iris Burn valley commenced after alumni of the Auckland University Tramping Club decided to adopt this new valley. Their project will situate 140 traps in lines along 7km of the valley in March 2019.
The objective is to extend this work into other valleys in Fiordland.
How you can help
Your donation will be directed to supporting the existing work and establishing new trap lines in other valleys.