Trap maintenance time

The days are getting longer and the better.

Spring is a beautiful season when comes alive with new growth and vibrant colours. It is also a time when many of our native species breed and are more vulnerable to predation by invasive pests such as mustelids, rats and possums. These pests pose a serious threat to the unique and ancient native species of plants and in New Zealand, which are part of our natural whakapapa.

pests in spring is a rewarding and worthwhile activity that can make a significant difference for our native species and our natural environment. By choosing the right traps and toxins, setting up trap and bait lines, checking traps daily and disposing of carcasses properly, and monitoring and sharing our results, we can help reduce the impact of invasive pests and restore the natural balance of the ecosystem.

Two wooden tunnel traps, one with open lids
Traps under repair

Trapping is one of the ways we can contribute to the Predator Free 2050 goal, which is a coordinated nationwide effort to eradicate mustelids, rats and possums from mainland New Zealand by 2050. Predator Free 2050 builds on the achievements of hundreds of scientists, ecologists, iwi and community conservationists and is inspiring thousands more to join the movement. It offers the unifying vision of an endgame, and an action plan to win it.

Two brown goats sniffing on a trap set up between trees
Nosey goats

Sometimes setting up traps can be challenging, particularly with our rather inquisitive goats.

Pukeatua Farmstay is a member of the Pest free Kumeu-Huapai community group, Pest free Muriwai and has a number of various mechanical traps and bait station spread around the property. They are typically checked daily. And once a year in spring is the best time to ensure all traps function properly.

Over the weekend all traps were thoroughly inspected, cleaned and tested. They were also relabelled were necessary.

Want to know more: Check out DOC's website for community trapping information.

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