As well as monitoring, planting and backyard trapping, what else can we do to protect our native species? Some people want to do more than trapping, while others don’t want to trap but wish to play a part in other ways. Here are some other ways to help local wildlife.
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Get the neighbours involved
Introduced predators don’t care about fencelines and property boundaries, so teaming up with your neighbours will give you a much better chance of success. Read our section on how to get them involved.
Join or start a group
View our national map to see if there’s already a group in your area. It’s a great way to work as a team, share advice and equipment, and make a difference. If you can’t find a local group, here’s how to start your own.
Get your local school involved
Find out if your local school is already trapping, or if they would like to start.
Share stories on social media
Post online about your predator control work, the resulting increase in local wildlife, and share updates from Predator Free NZ (follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and other conservation groups such as DOC and Forest & Bird. Sharing stories is a great way to get people more invested, and through social media you can connect with a wide range of people who are also interested in local conservation.
Contact your local council and environmental groups
Find out what your council is already doing to help protect native wildlife. Are there local planting days or workshops you can join? Meetings you can attend? Contact your local MP to find out what’s happening and what still needs to be done.