Protecting birdlife against pests through significant yet affordable conservation projects
Anyone who spends time in the New Zealand bush knows how dreadfully quiet it has become. It is no news that our birdlife is in decline and many native species are on the brink of extinction. There is a growing realisation amongst New Zealanders that we can’t just sit back and “let the government do it”. If we want to preserve our natural heritage, Kiwis have to get out there and help, and also to contribute financially.
With projects already established in Fiordland's Cozette, Iris and Irene Valleys, the Valleys Project offers private individuals and corporates the opportunity to undertake significant yet affordable conservation projects in partnership with DOC and the New Zealand Nature Fund. These projects aim to adjust the balance in favour of our birdlife by trapping predators in areas currently without any control measures. They will combine strategically with DOC’s mammalian pest control work and with existing Valleys Projects to become part of a greater whole.
We seek to involve like-minded individuals who would enjoy the opportunity to visit remote areas regularly, and who are prepared to contribute financially to conservation work. There is the opportunity to give your time in the backcountry a real purpose, enjoy companionship and the satisfaction that comes from being involved in a worthwhile endeavour.
The Valleys Project's central philosophy is to develop amongst groups undertaking predator control a proprietary interest in, and sense of ownership of, geographically distinct areas of manageable size within the Conservation Estate. The initial focus is on Fiordland valleys but the model could be utilised in other areas of the Conservation Estate. Ideally groups will “Adopt a Valley” from a selection chosen by DOC, provide the necessary finance, set out the traps, and then regularly service the equipment. The Valleys Group Committee can help with relationships, logistics and equipment.
Everyone Can Get Involved
At a Corporate level, the Valleys Project offers businesses the opportunity to be better citizens and to enjoy prestige advertising linked to activities which are at the forefront of public interest. Involving staff in conservation work is the ultimate team building strategy and getting them out into country they might otherwise never see is a unique gift – so talk to the boss!