After an overwhelming response to our fourth round of Kiwibank predator free community funding, we are delighted to announce another 11 backyard trapping communities.
Backyard Trapping Central Otago, CENTRAL OTAGO
The vision of Backyard Trapping Central Otago is to aid the restoration of a fully functional ecosystem of local native plants, birds, reptiles and insects in Central Otago.
Ultimately they intend to work towards the goal of one trap in every fifth ‘urban’ backyard, meaning ‘urban’ in the sense of housing in rural towns or settlement rather than a city.
The group aims to have traps available at a discounted rate for anyone in the Clyde community who is keen and to demonstrate how to build tunnels and use traps at a workshop.
As yet there is not a Central Otago basin trapping programme which involves the particular community, so they have selected Clyde as a pilot for the Kiwibank programme.
Eastern Bays Songbird Project, AUCKLAND
The Eastern Bays Songbird Project of Central Auckland includes the suburbs of Orakei, Mission Bay, Kohimaramara, St Heliers and Glendowie. Now the group is focusing on those living in the streets surrounding the Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve extending north to the west of Churchill Park. The Tahuna Torea Nature Reserve is home to many native woodland and seabirds; extensive trapping has been carried out in the reserve and this needs to be supported by active trapping in the surrounding residential properties.
Lake Okareka Community Association, ROTORUA
There are 260 properties in the village of Lake Okareka. The predator free programme will be promoted and supported by the Lake Okareka Community Association (LOCA). The aim is to supplement predator control being done on public land in and around Lake Okareka by other organisations.
They wish to make Lake Okareka predator free so as to enhance the bird life, skinks, wetas etc in their community. In particular they would like to like to see more kaka and whiteheads which are infrequent visitors.
Ngā Kaitiaki ō Awapuni , PALMERSTON NORTH
Their plan is to engage the residents of Awapuni to see who is willing to place a trap in their backyard, monitor the trap and upload catch data. They are undertaking riparian planting in urban riparian spaces and Palmerston North City Council will provide predator traps on public land to complement their planting efforts.
Core predator control will be for rats, stoats, hedgehogs and ferrets with plans to expand the backyard trapping programme either within Awapuni or to a new suburb in 1-2 years, after the group has established how successful the programme has been and what challenges they have faced.
Pest Free Greenhithe, AUCKLAND
Greenhithe Community Trust (GCT) is a registered charity with a vision of a vibrant caring community which includes environmental care.
“We have 8500 residents living in 2500 households in 66 streets here the upper harbour area of Auckland. Over the next 2 years we want to piggy back on our well-developed Neighborhood Support Network to get a Pest Control Coordinator for each street. We want to train this volunteer and they will rally their street to maintain their network of traps.”
Three streets will be the pilot initially (Oscar Rd, Kingfisher Grove and Te Wharau Dr), comprising of about 230 residential houses.
Pest Free Tawa, WELLINGTON
Pest Free Tawa is a self-led initiative that sees ecological pest management becoming entrenched as an everyday part of what it means to live, work and learn in Tawa, helping to ensure that Tawa plays its part in the sustainability of our native wildlife, both locally and at a landscape scale. PFT already has a total of 173 traps out in back yards with a further 48 in schools and is the first community in New Zealand to engage all schools in their community.
The group believes Kiwibank Predator Free funding will go a long way in enabling them to reach the total goal of 1,040 traps in the community.
Predator Free Mt Vic, WELLINGTON
In 2016 the Rotary Club of Wellington joined forces with the Wellington City Council to set up an informal group of locals to trap rats, mice, stoats, weasels and hedgehogs in the Mt Victoria Town Belt. Six months ago a new, and separate, initiative was launched. This is Predator Free Mt Vic and it aims to have traps in 1 in 4 of the households in the areas surrounding the Town Belt. This includes the suburbs of Mt Victoria, Oriental Bay, Hataitai and Newtown. The aim of this group is to prevent re-infestation of the Town Belt area.
Predator Free Tirohanga and Harbourview, LOWER HUTT
Predator free Tirohanga and Harbourview has already had a well-attended public meeting and has distributed over 50 traps to households in their community.
They have set up a Facebook page and send regular newsletters. They have set themselves up on the trapnz website and track traps and catches.
Prior to receiving Kiwibank Predator Free support, the group had exhausted their supply of traps with many more households wanting to be involved. That work will now be able to continue.
Pest Free Opawaho, CHRISTCHURCH
Opawaho Heathcote River (OHR) aims to create a trapping area just north of Predator Free Sumner, part of Predatory Free Port Hills. The group will place traps in private properties outside of, but nearby, council designated reserves along the Opawaho/Heathcote River in order to fill the gaps in between the reserves to create a continuous trapping network in backyards along the length of the river.
Tararu Backyard Trappers, COROMANDEL
Tararu community consists of approximately 250 houses. Tararu Backyard Trappers has formed a committed steering group and are mapping the trap types and trap locations in Tararu and developing a plan for best pest control.
They will encourage the community to use best practices using guidelines and support provided by PFNZ Trust, Thames Coast Kiwi Care, Thames Coast Kiwi Care and DOC. They are ready with a flyer they intend to send out to gauge community support, identify where existing traps are (that they don’t yet know about) and identify who might want a trap on their property.
Nga Manu Waiata: Wainui-Okitu-Makorori , GISBORNE
There are approx. 600 houses in the coastal communities of Wainui, Okitu and Makorori.
Their name comes from their focus on improving their backyard environment to one that is more welcoming to native birds (and of course their birdsong). The group’s main goal is to establish a coordinated programme of backyard trapping – focused on rats, hedgehogs and stoats.
They have adopted the goal of one trap in every fifth backyard and to have two-fifths of backyards trapping by the end of 2018. Their secondary goals are to ensure that their community is aware of the best plantings for encouraging native birdlife back into their backyards and to encourage other groups/agencies to complement their predator free programme.