Hobsonville Point Pesky Pests Team

We are a group of local volunteer with help from the Kaipatiki Project, who are baiting, setting and checking 4 lines of traps around Hobsonville Point’s beautiful Te Ara Manawa coastal walk way. We do this in “pulses” around 4 weeks long, the next starting August 2019. We use Ecotrack to record activity but I’m trying out TURP to help with feedback and encourage more people to locally trap.

Wainui Beach School and Nga Manu Waiata – Pest Free Wainui/Makorori

 

The Great WBS Predator Trapping Competition

Congratulations to everyone who has made a trapping tunnel. Nga Manu Waiata (a local predator-free group helping to ‘bring back the birdsong’ in our area) is kindly giving each of you a rat trap for your tunnel. 

Your families mission is to catch as many predators as you can. You can set your trap around your house/section or even in the bush, sand dunes or grass areas around your community. 

If you have other traps you can use them as well. 

You are working with in your family to catch as many predators as possible.

When you catch a predator you must log it on the “Urban Rat Project” website.

The winner will be the family with the most points.

The competition runs for one month: 

1st September – 1st October????

 

The Points System:

Dead Mouse 2 Points
Dead Rat 5 Points
Dead Hedgehog 5 Points
Dead Possum 8 Points
Dead Weasel 10 Points
Dead Ferret 10 Points
Dead Stoat 10 Points

The Prize

1st Prize Family Pass Stingray Feeding with Dive Tatapouri and a Native Tree Voucher
2nd Prize $25 Bunnings Voucher and a Native Tree Voucher
3rd Prize $10 Bunnings Voucher and a Native Tree Voucher

NZ Gardener’s Bring Back Birds

At NZ Gardener, we believe that gardeners love seeing birds, especially our native birds, in our gardens. But, as I’m sure you know, many species of native birds are in a parlous state right now. Yet basically our native birds need just three things to survive. Safety from predators, habitat and enough genetic diversity for long-term resilience. And the most important of these – by far – is safety from predators.

You might think predator control is something that’s useful on DOC land or in rural areas. But actually urban gardens are likely home to a variety of introduced predators, and almost certainly rats. So we are calling on the nation’s gardeners to start trapping in their own backyard. Apparently one trap in every fifth backyard would be enough to get the rat population under control. And if we were able to do that, then our gardens could become sanctuaries that went some way to allow our native bird species to recover. Even be able to thrive.

Pest Free Hibiscus Coast

Help us remove pests from the Hibiscus Coast and the Whangaparaoa Peninsula so native wildlife can flourish.

Our aim is to make the beautiful Hibiscus Coast pest free but we need your help.

We need one in three households on the Hibiscus Coast to be part of the Pest Free Hibiscus Coast project so that our community (and beyond) can become completely pest free.

With extensive baiting and trapping on public and private land, we can achieve a Pest Free Hibiscus Coast for our children and grandchildren to enjoy!

We are already seeing the benefits to our native plants and birdlife by the work we are doing, eliminating unwanted pests and predators, plus the ‘spillover’ effects from Shakespear Regional Park.

Pest Free Riverlea

RESI has launched “Pest-Free Riverlea” to undertake community-led pest control in Riverlea. We aim to extend Hamilton City Council’s pest control work in Hammond Park to private properties throughout Riverlea, including businesses in the Riverlea industrial area.

The ecology and community spirit of Riverlea will be enhanced by this project.

RESI received $5000 seed funding from Kiwibank via “Predator Free NZ” to provide subsidised pest control to private landowners. We are also seeking funding from other agencies to further develop the project.

Shakespear Park Halo

As well as the much loved kiwi, rare saddlebacks and whiteheads have been introduced into Shakespear Park. Some have set up home in the Okoromai Bay area and whiteheads may even have been into your garden.                             For them to survive we need to tackle the rats.

Rat trapping has a double benefit: fewer rats around your house (in your roof or compost bin) and more birds in your gardens, and there will be fewer rats entering Okoromai Bay so less chance of them getting inside the sanctuary pest fence.

Many of us are starting trapping rats in our gardens and would love you to join us by trapping on your property too. We need as many people to take part as possible in order to create a Shakespear Park Halo.

 

Wainoni Park Halo

Wainoni Park is a cherished park in Greenhithe used widely by the community. Friends of Wainoni Park is a group established by members of the community that have an interest in getting together to help restore the main waterway flowing through Wainoni Park, to carry out pest control and to help enhance Wainoni Park.
Banded rails and spotless crakes are rare native wetland birds that are found in neighbouring suburbs.

Our Goal – to see these birds back around Greenhithe’s beautiful harbour edge and valley reserves.

Friends of Wainoni Park are setting up traplines for rats and possums within the park and Lucas Creek reserves. We need your help to create a “Halo” of protection around the park and reserves. Installing a trap in your garden will mean fewer rats in the reserves, fewer rats in your compost or roof space, and more birds.
Greenhithe Community Trust can supply traps and boxes to residents around Wainoni Park at a discounted rate thanks to some help from Kiwibank.

Contact richard@greenhithecommunitytrust.org.nz to take part and help bring back the native birds.

 

Friends of Wainoni Park meet regularly on Thursday mornings at 9.30 am outside the amenities block (located down the far end of the car park, near the waterway).
These mornings are an opportunity for all members of the community to come along, meet other people and help enhance Wainoni Park.
Activities that you can be involved with:
  • Rescuing native plants from weeds
  • Planting native plants
  • Carrying out wildlife surveys
  • Revitalising the edible garden
  • Setting up trap lines
  • Checking traps for pests
If you would like to join a great bunch of enthusiastic people, come along on a Thursday morning. No conservation skills/experience is required. Equipment (spades, gloves etc..) will be provided, but please wear appropriate clothing and closed toed footwear.
Hot drinks and morning tea will be provided. In the event of bad weather, we will put a note on the Friends of Wainoni Park facebook page and the Greenhithe Ecology Network facebook page and send out an email to those who have registered.

Join now!

Note that you can choose a Project when you file a report.

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