Kawakawa leaf up close
Below are some tried and tested baits and lures for predator control. Have you got more for us to add to the list? Get in touch.  ON THIS PAGE ...
Aerial view of Taranaki

Taranaki field trips

We have identified three field trips that are available in the Taranaki region for schools. RELATED Nationwide field trips Lesson plans and activities Help your wildlife thrive at school ...
Kererū nesting
Love the idea of attracting native wildlife into your backyard? Planting natives, providing the right food and creating safe spaces are all great ways to make your garden a ...

Webinars

We regularly host webinars on a range of predator control topics. Below are the recorded versions. Sign up to our newsletter or follow us on social media to get ...
Trapinator.

Trapinator possum trap

The Trapinator is suitable for low-density possum control. With its one-movement-set arm and easy baiting system, the Trapinator was specifically designed to control possums in Aotearoa New Zealand. ON ...

Goodnature A24 rat trap

If you don’t want to handle dead rats or reset a trap too often, the Goodnature A24 self-resetting rat trap is a great option.  ON THIS PAGE How to ...
Image of a fantail sitting on a branch

Summary of baits

We have written an at-a-glance summary of baits available in New Zealand with details about each bait. ON THIS PAGE Overview Summary of baits Brodifacoum Bromadiolone Cholecalciferol Coumateralyl Diphacinone Pindone  PAPP ...
Group of secondary students learning how to use GPS on a secondary course.
We have identified the following predator control courses available for secondary schools around Aotearoa New Zealand. ON THIS PAGE Papa Taiao Earthcare EcoQuest Te Rarangahau Taiao Northland Regional Council  ...
Cleddau Valley. Fiordland NP. NZ

1080: an overview

1080 is one of the most effective tools we have available in New Zealand to control introduced predators, especially over large or hard to reach areas. On this page ...
Wetland in a soft sunset light
A wetland is an area that is saturated by water for most (or all) of the time. To form a wetland, surface water either collects at ground level or ...
Cam Speedy demonstrates a flour paste
Possum control may feel daunting over vast tracts of land, but having effective systems in place will make a big difference. Below we summarise the pros and cons of ...
Bat-being-held
New Zealand bats/pekapeka are our only endemic (unique to New Zealand) land mammals. There are three bat species and all have declined in population over the centuries since humans ...
Tuatara, a native species that will benefit from NZ being predator free
Herpetofauna are reptiles and amphibians from a particular region. New Zealand’s herpetofauna species include lizards/ngārara (skinks and geckos), frogs/pepeketua, and tuatara. ON THIS PAGE How are they monitored? Native ...
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There’s no magic bullet; all tools have their advantages, limitations and consequences. Overuse of the same tool will reduce its effectiveness. Tool selection depends on each situation: habitat, scale, ...
Tītī in flight. Photo @christopherstephens (iNaturalistNZ).

Mātauranga Māori

Ko ahau te taiao, ko te taiao, ko ahau.  I am nature; nature is me.— Māori whakataukī (proverb) ON THIS PAGE What is Mātauranga Māori? The importance of Mātauranga Māori ...
Image credit: PF Sumner. A community making Traps
This page includes advice on communicating with your members, stakeholders such as sponsors or committee members, the media, and the general public.  ON THIS PAGE Why is communicating so ...
A tara iti in flight, a taonga
New Zealand’s native species are taonga. In te ao Māori, taonga applies to anything treasured or prized including things of social and cultural value. Our native birds, lizards, bats ...
A fieldworker sits amongst native grass land with a tracking tunnel and equipment
Auckland Island (57,000 ha), in the New Zealand subantarctic islands, are a Nature Reserve, a World Heritage site, and home to some of the world’s most extraordinary natural heritage. ...
An image of a beach and a distant headland on Rakiura

Rakiura Stewart Island

Predator Free Rakiura aims to completely remove possums, rats, feral cats and hedgehogs from Stewart Island/Rakiura. ON THIS PAGE Stewart Island/Rakiura Predator Free Rakiura Stewart Island/Rakiura Stewart Island/Rakiura is ...
A kākā in a tree perch

Hawke’s Bay projects

Predator Free Hawke’s Bay is made up of three restoration projects that bring together community and landowner conservation efforts to enhance their native biodiversity. ON THIS PAGE Poutiri Ao ...
The Campbell Island snipe amongst low foliage and ferns
Aotearoa is an island nation with four large islands surrounded by hundreds of offshore islands. We have 890 islands bigger than one hectare and 334 of those are over ...
Kākāriki on a flowering branch
Currently, Aotearoa New Zealand is experiencing a biodiversity crisis. We have the highest rate of threatened indigenous species in the world.  ON THIS PAGE Why should Aotearoa NZ be ...
A weasel
Weasels are small, active hunters that target small animals and insects. They are less common in NZ than stoats. ON THIS PAGE How did they get here? What do ...
A ferret checks out a ferret scent lure. Photo: Al Glen.
Ferrets prey on invertebrates, lizards and birds. They are active at night and mainly hunt rabbits and rodents, but have contributed to the decline of native birds like the ...
Stoats hunt day and night, move quickly, and prey on our native birds, insects, and much more – including animals bigger than themselves. ON THIS PAGE How did they ...
Cat hunting Photo Llan We (Wikimedia Commons)
Aotearoa New Zealand has the highest rate of cat ownership in the world. Cats are unusual in that they are a predator of our native species, as well as ...
Ship rat. Image credit Ngā Manu.
Rats eat wētā and other insects, snails, frogs, lizards, tuatara, birds, birds’ eggs and bats, as well as the flowers, fruits and seeds of plants. They breed rapidly and ...
Before embarking on any predator control, it’s important to know which introduced predators you’re dealing with and also understand their behaviour and habits. That way, you can choose the ...
Image credit: Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group
It’s important to know which predators you’re targeting to ensure you use the right baits and traps. The most common introduced predator in backyards tends to be rats, but ...
This is the fourth blog from our guest writer John Bissell. Read his introductory blog, or blogs on trap selection and trap placement. Kia ora, Lures are one of ...