Returning the bird song

1080 – it’s a number that can be polarising
for some people. It’s also a number where the facts can be blurred by emotion. So lets take a look at some of the proven facts around it so that you can be well informed and have a better understanding of its benefits. Rats, stoats and possums decimate our forests and wildlife. If we did no pest control, all the work that many New Zealanders have done to bring threatened species back from the brink would be quickly lost. Monitoring of results has proven many times that 1080 is directly resulted in the rise of bird species in areas across New Zealand. Robin, kaka, rifleman and weka numbers have all increased or had their decline halted as a result of 1080 drops. New Zealand is blessed with towering mountains and valleys, stunning tracks of native forest, and much of it is inacessible on foot for ground control. This means we must carry out
aerial 1080 drops alongside our trapping programmes. Where there is no pest control our species are in decline. All aerial 1080 programmes are strictly monitored for quality control. They are carefully planned, they are precise, and they take into consideration human interaction with the landscape. When baits land in waterways the highly soluble 1080 dilutes very quickly. It will break down naturally leaving no residue in water, soil, plants or animals. The use of 1080 is backed by many years of science and research. It is independently backed by
the Parliamentary Commisioner for the Environment. And it’s backed by DOC. We’re supporting the
development of resetting traps, pest specific toxins, and more research into genetic techniques for predator control. But these things take time. If we want our life back, if we want birdsong over valleys of silence, if we want a predator free New Zealand by 2050 1080 is going to help is to get there. [Music and birdsong]
Text: “Working with New Zealand towards a predator free 2050”
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