The Government announced its new Predator Free 2050 Strategy today. Everyone needs to participate for this to become a reality. The first step is getting a trap and getting started on predator control in your own backyard. #OneStepCloserPF2050 https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/pests-and-threats/predator-free-2050/moving-towards-predator-free-2020-to-2050/
Increase your chances of success by reading these tips & tricks that the Department of Conservation gives for trapping in your backyard. https://www.doc.govt.nz/get-involved/conservation-activities/trap-predators-in-your-backyard/
If you have a backyard trap or are part of a trapping group then make sure you are on the PFH Predator Trapping Live Map. See link above. Add your Household if you have a backyard trap. It’s a great way to record your catches and see how many other amazing community members are involved. Note – website is best viewed on Desktop, Laptop or tablet rather than Mobile phone.
Hello! My name is Karen Barlow and I live in Cambridge with my husband and two children. We moved to the mighty Waikato about 12 years ago and now can’t imagine living anywhere else. I have worked for DoC at Pukaha doing Species Management (captive breeding and release programmes, avian husbandry and education & advocacy) and also in the Education sector (Biology & Science). I’m excited to ‘sink my teeth’ (bad pun) into Predator Control in Hamilton and Cambridge and make a difference to native species re-population and forest regeneration.
I’ll be working with both Predator Free Hamilton and Predator Free Cambridge to control primarily rats but also possums. My role will entail liaising with volunteer groups, government departments and other interested parties to achieve this goal. There is some great work that is currently being done and the aim is to expand those efforts. I’ll be managing the Predator Free Hamilton website and social media sites to update progress and provide support. I will be available at the Go Eco premises in Frankton Hamilton every Wednesday to dispense traps and information or you can contact me via email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 027 240 6879.
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!
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.
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.