Taking action to protect islands

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Taking action to protect islands

The pest-free islands of the Marlborough Sounds are vital for the conservation of our rarest native animal and plant species.

Without pest-free islands providing safe havens, many more species would now be extinct.

Blumine and Motuara Islands are home to a number of endangered species such as kakariki, robin, saddleback, mohua and kiwi. They are open to the public to enjoy, however your help is essential in ensuring they remain pest-free.

When you’re out in the Sounds please remember:

  • Rats and mice can hide away on boats and get on to islands, even if they are moored off the island. Lay rat poison or set traps on your boat and check them regularly.
  • Check all bags, containers and gear to ensure they do not harbour insects or weed seeds.
  • Scrub your footwear and check socks and pockets for weed seeds
  • Leave your dog (or cat) on the boat.
  • Do not light any fires.
  • Take all rubbish away with you.