Webinar Presenters

Brett Butland

Acting CEO for Predator Free 2050 where he leads a lean and agile team that supports large landscape scale predator eradication projects, and the breakthrough science needed to underpin them.

Brett has been in nature conservation management for over 35 years, in South Africa and New Zealand, and has extensive experience in developing and implementing strategies and management interventions to control and eradicate invasive species and restore indigenous ecosystems.

Brett also developed the Pest Free Auckland programme to eradicate ecosystem transforming species and restore Auckland’s natural environment.

He directed the multi-species eradication project on Rangitoto and Motutapu islands in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park. The project was the most complex operation and world leading at the time and won the Parks Forums’ 2010 Excellence in Parks award (Environmental category). Brett has provided leadership and strategic direction for the restoration of Motutapu; the project received the Society for Ecological Restoration Australia award for ecological restoration in 2016.

Eradicating mammalian predators from NZ – can we do it?

New Zealand has embarked on a very ambitious goal to eradicate mustelids, rats and possums that have decimated our biodiversity since they were introduced to the country.

The eradication of these species by 2050 is New Zealand’s last chance to save our unique biodiversity that evolved in the absence of land-based mammalian predators.

The predator free movement is sweeping New Zealand and is borne by a real sense of urgency to prevent further loss of the species that are uniquely ours. The movement requires
partnerships and it has resulted in agencies, communities, mana whenua, landowners and innovators working together.

The presentation will describe the programme, progress to date, research and development, and where to next.


Date: 9 FEBRUARY 2022

Time: 12h00 (SAST)

Venue: This webinar takes place virtually over Zoom. Each attendee will receive a unique access code.

Pre-Registration Essential


1 Attendee £50.00

2-4 Attendees £45.00 (10% discount)

5-9 Attendees £37.50 (25% discount)

10+ Attendees £25.00 (50% discount)




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