The Glenview Group got off to a flying start at its launch in the Glenview Community Centre on Wednesday 11 September. John Innes (Landcare Research) spoke on predators in the urban context – what they are, what they do – and showed some rather distressing videos of rats and possums predating eggs and young chicks. The Wayne Green from DOC showed us what we can do about it, with trap demonstrations and guidance on where to set and how to maintain traps for the different predators. Then we distributed traps, and there’s the beginnings of a strong network in the block around Te Anau Park. Exciting times!
In 2015, Jesse Mulligan presented ecologist (and current PFH trustee) John Innes with an award recognising his outstanding contribution to our understanding of just how bad mammalian predators are for our native birds. Jesse was so intrigued by the subject that he invited John to talk about some of his research the next day on RNZ. Since then Jesse has become a dedicated backyard trapper, and he’s spreading the word. Keeping a rat trap or two set and baited is something most gardeners can easily do to make a real difference for New Zealand’s birds and other wildlife. See more of Jesse’s story here: https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/garden/114278760/jesse-mulligan-and-other-backyard-trappers-helping-the-predatorfree-campaign
6.30 pm on September 11 at Glenview Community Centre
(corner of Tomin Road and Glenview Terrace)
Speaker: John Innes MSc, a wildlife ecologist with Landcare Research
We will distribute traps and information about their use and show you how to use our predator trapping results recording software.
The annual Forest and Bird Waikato plant sale is on this weekend, Saturday and Sunday starting at 8am and not before. First in, first served. Bring cash.
At 88 Nixon St, Hamilton East.
Down the Right of way. Park on the road, we have trolley and wheelbarrows.
Thanks to the nurseries who have given plants: Full Bloom, Forest Flora, Growing Spectrum, Bruntwood Nursery, and Oderings.
Plant sale proceeds will go towards supporting pest animal control in Hamilton, so that biodiversity within the city can flourish. Forest and Bird are supporting the work of Predator Free Hamilton and the trap library which is being set up at Go-Eco through Predator Free 2050.
On 12 February Predator-Free Hamilton (PFH) Trust members Gwyneth Verkerk and Kemble Pudney gave a presentation on Predator-Free NZ, PFH, reasons for predator control and identifying common pests, trapping methods and how to get involved. It was very interesting to hear the range of environmental activities that club members are involved in and it brought home to us the number of different perspectives there are on predator control – but all with the same end in mind.
KP 13 February 2018
In the six months late June to know I have caught 16 rats using Victor-type traps and trapping tunnels – 10 Norway and 6 ship. The species balance is probably swayed by having a trap at the neighbour’s compost, where she had a few Norways. Otherwise the captures have all been in our gully. I am maintaining six traps in all but only four have actually caught anything. In the same period I have detected only mice and insects via tracking tunnels and one chew on a card – possum. I have caught one possum but there is still another about. I conclude that small scale monitoring when overall numbers are low is not all that useful, but that it’s definitely possible to trap rats with the old technology.
On 6 October Predator-Free Hamilton hosted a weel attended presentation from Kelvin Hastie, NEXT Predator-Free CHampion, at Hamilton Gardens. His talk and the Q & A session was videoed and can be viewed here (click on the link then again on the dropdown that will appear):
Predator Free Hamilton recently hosted Kelvin Hastie at a seminar at Hamilton Gardens. He talked about his experiences establishing Predator Free suburbs in Hamilton – how he got strated, and how the idea has mushroomed. His talk was filmed and will soon be available on video. Meanwhile Monica Peters has written an excellent article about it for her blog: https://monicalogues.com/2017/10/09/how-to-set-up-a-predator-free-neighbourhood-post-1/
It’s well worth a look – plenty of good ideas and information.
RSVP via predatorfreehamilton.org.nz/contact
DOC scientist Craig Gillies passes on some wise words from his mentor, Dick Veitch, “It’s not the ones you catch that matter, it’s the ones you didn’t catch”. It’s obvious when you think about it, but it seems to be surprisingly easy to forget. Read more in this profile on Craig on the PFNZ site.