The Government has announced a plan to kill more bush predators by dropping huge amounts of 1080 poison.
Currently there is an increase in rat and stoat number within our bushes and these animals attack many of our native birds.
The programme will cost around $21 million.
The poison drive is needed because of the large number of beech tree seeds which the rodents feed on.
It is estimated the increase in beech seeds will boost the rat population by 30 million and stoat numbers by many thousands.
The Commissioner for the Environment, the Department of Conservation, and Landcare Research also all say they support the use of 1080 to combat pests.
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