Unfortunately the native plants, birds and animals of Otatara are under threat from introduced animals and plants.
Introduced animal pests kill our native birds – eating their eggs and chicks. They also feed on native insects and lizards, and some eat leaves, seeds and fruit of native trees.
Pest plants (weeds) threaten our native plants and trees by taking over their habitat.
Animal and Plant pest control is an important and necessary part of conservation in Otatara.