Meet the eradication team…Finlay Cox

Finlay above Hollyford Valley during a winter hunt

Finlay above Hollyford Valley during a winter hunt

I am the young pup in the Antipodes Mouse eradication team brought in to lower the average age. I have been involved in the project since late last year as the logistics lead. On the island I will also be part of the bait loading team.

Growing up in a conservation minded family, as a born and breed southlander, I have been involved in the outdoors from a young age. Passions such as tramping, hunting and spearfishing steered me to pursue a career in the outdoors.

Finlay and Mark Le Lievre during the Bait Loading Trial at Timaru

Finlay and Mark Le Lievre during the Bait Loading Trial at Timaru

Pig tramping Eyre Mountains

Pig trapping Eyre Mountains

While studying towards a science degree in Ecology and Statistics I worked for a contracting company predominantly carrying out possum control. After graduating I was lucky enough to join the DOC Murihiku team in Invercargill as a biodiversity ranger focusing on animal threats. I have learnt an enormous amount in this role and have been involved in a range of work such as predator trapping, ungulate control and Battle for our Birds 2014.

I am privileged to be involved in this eradication project, I have already learnt so much from the experienced people involved and am thrilled to have the opportunity to visit these remote and pristine islands.