Have you seen Fight for the Wild? It’s a four part documentary series that takes viewers into the wild heart of Aotearoa and documents the desperate battle to protect it. It explores the notion of a Predator Free 2050 and asks whether this big, bold initiative is achievable and if so, how?
So how can you be part of the solution and what can you do to help?
Tip #1: Get involved in backyard trapping
Trapping in your backyard has loads of benefits. It can help get rid of rats from your compost bin, save your roses and fruit trees from possums, but most importantly it can make your garden a safe place for our unique native wildlife to live and feed. Whatever your reason for getting involved, we want to help you get started in the most efficient, effective and humane way possible. Read our guide to backyard trapping or buy a trap now.
Tip #2: Find a local group
Reach out to your local group to see what predator free activities you can get involved with. You can search our map to see what communities are near you. There are hundreds of community groups in New Zealand who are working to restore our native wildlife.
Tip #3: Join our newsletter and Facebook or Instagram page
We will keep you abreast of all things predator free. The people involved, the latest science and innovation and also answer any questions you may have.
Tip #4: Make sure your cats are safe at home
Ensure your cat is microchipped to help identify your cat as owned and make sure it is desexed to prevent any unwanted kittens.
Consider keeping your cat indoors or containing it to your own property – there are some great options to contain your cat to your backyard eg cat enclosures or catios let your cat roam around outside without the impact on native species. Raising an indoor cat is very common overseas and cats quickly get used to living solely inside.
If you’re not ready to keep your cat indoors all the time, keep your cat inside as much as possible but at a minimum an hour before dusk and an hour after dawn — this is when our lizards are at their slowest and are easy prey for cats.
Tip #5: Buy a bird feeder
This is the fun part, seeing the native birds return to your garden and knowing they are safe. The PekaPeka bird feeder was designed and tested as part of a Citizen Science project that is ongoing in their Northeast Valley community of Dunedin. Get it delivered to your door for only $80 (including shipping).