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Protecting Paradise: 1080 and the Fight to Save New Zealand's Wildlife
 

Protecting Paradise: 1080 and the Fight to Save New Zealand's Wildlife (Paperback)

By Hansford, Dave

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New Zealand's native wildlife is in crisis, withering under a relentless assault from rats, stoats, possums and other introduced pests. If we are to realise the vision of a predator-free New Zealand, we must defend our biodiversity more doggedly, across a broader front than we do... read full description below.

ISBN 9780947503000
Barcode 9780947503000
Published 13 October 2016 by Potton & Burton
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ISBN-13 9780947503000
ISBN-10 0947503005
Stock Available
Status In-stock at publisher; ships 5-12 working days
Publisher Potton & Burton
Imprint Potton & Burton
Publication Date 13 October 2016
International Publication Date 17 October 2016
Publication Country New Zealand New Zealand
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Hansford, Dave
Category Conservation Of The Environment
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
New Zealand & Related
Number of Pages 250
Dimensions Width: 160mm
Height: 235mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Environment & Ecology: General Interest
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 333.9540993
Catalogue Code 651359

Description of this Book

New Zealand's native wildlife is in crisis. It's being slaughtered by pests and we need to intervene more frequently, more comprehensively, and across a broader front than we currently are if we are to protect our mainland populations of our native wildlife. The use of 1080 remains our best option to combat pests in the medium term. As techniques have become more refined in recent years, the results from the aerial application of 1080 over significant areas of the conservation estate have been spectacularly successful in maintaining populations of native birds. Plus, it offers the best balance of environmental safety, affordability and effectiveness. Yet the use of 1080 attracts fierce opposition from a small group of vocal and passionate opponents. This book examines their arguments, and conclusively shows that the 'science' put up by 1080 opponents is unsubstantiated. The idea that our native forests are silent (i.e. that 1080 kills native birds) because of 1080 drops is also unsupported by research, while their other major claim that trapping could entirely replace 1080 is simply not practical. Dave Hansford believes that opponents of 1080 who are concerned about the ethics of spreading poison across the land have a valid argument and should be given an audience. He is however, deeply concerned by other vested interests, for example some in the hunting lobby who want more game animals to shoot, and are prepared to put that before the survival of our native wildlife. He argues that it is time for New Zealanders to take a stand, and to come to the defence of their wildlife. If you care about our natural heritage, but are confused by the 1080 issue, then this is a book you must read, before kiwi and kereru and other iconic birds are a thing of the past on mainland New Zealand.

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Author's Bio

DAVE HANSFORD has written about science and the environment for more than fifteen years. He has covered 1080 stories for a range of media, and researched case studies for both the Department of Conservation and OSPRI. His work appears regularly in New Zealand Geographic, where he also pens a column, Life, and has his own blog - Envirologue - on Russell Brown's Public Address site. He has reported for National Geographic News, The Listener, North & South, Good, Wilderness, Forest & Bird and many other magazines and newspapers, and fronted a regular environment slot on TVNZ's Good Morning show. He has won a number of Qantas and Canon Media Awards. When he's not writing, Hansford is a keen tramper, mountain biker, kayaker and trail runner.

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