Helen Ough Dealy Russell Nov 11, 2014 18:21 pm

I am working on a project to stop pet owners taking their dogs onto the pest-free islands in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Some of the intended species reintroduction work will be affected if we cannot guarantee that these islands are no-dog zones. Takahe, for example are unlikely to be reintroduced.

I am trying to find out the barriers and benefits associated with dog owner behaviour.

This summer we will be gathering baseline data on the incidence of dogs being landed on the islands to try and determine which kinds of boats and where they come from, hopefully this will help when we come to identifying the barriers and benefits through focus group and other survey work.
Thanks Helen

Helen Ough Dealy
Department of Conservation
New Zealand