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A meme comparing what you think of rats at home (Stuart Little and Remy from Ratatou) with the reality (a rat in an attic surrounded by droppings)

True cost: predators can damage your home and your wallet

When cold weather pushes rats and mice indoors, infestations happen. Rodents cause damage by chewing through wiring, timber, insulation, and pipes. The bad news? Most…

Members of the Huia Trapping Group.

Fellowship of the trap: how an unlikely trio grew a trapping community

What do a mechanic, a cartoonist, and an oceanographer have in common? The Huia Trapping Group was established in 2018 by trappers Sam McClatchie, Brendan…

Comic: Smelly predator science

Comic: Smelly predator science

Illustrator Andrew James explains this study on predator emitted volatile organic compounds from Scion. RELATED Stoat personalities: unravelling the mystery of trap-evasionLearn more about possums…

Willow, wearing gumboots and outdoor gear standing in a clearing in the bush.

Wild at heart: the untold story of conservationist Willow van Heugten 

Threatened species benefit from the adventures of this nature legend, who’d much rather be out in the field than interviewed. We discover what keeps the…

Close up of kea

Brainy, beautiful and beloved: so why are our kea disappearing?

Dubbed ‘the clever clowns of the Alps’, kea are much loved for their cheeky spirit and keen intelligence. So it can be shocking to learn…

8 year old Harry checking one of his traps in the bush.

8-year-old on a mission to turn NZ into a bird sanctuary

Harry is proving that age is just a number when it comes to making a difference in the predator free movement. He’s trapping, securing funding…

A group of people looking at the camera with the Marlborough Sounds in the background.

Learning from the best: Q&A with Picton Dawn Chorus

Picton Dawn Chorus went from a few passionate residents with a dream to deploying a network of 4,000 traps covering land equivalent to nearly five…

A person setting a rat trap

On the rise: predator free awareness across Aotearoa

The predator free movement is steadily gaining momentum, with nearly 40% of New Zealanders aware of the Predator Free 2050 mission, according to a new…

A gecko on a rock

Tuatara aren’t lizards but here are 5 cool geckos that are

We may be a nation of bird nerds but our native geckos are noteworthy too! There are at least 44 species of native geckos, and…

A stoat watching something in front of some rocks.

Stoat personalities: unravelling the mystery of trap-evasion

Why do some stoats get caught in a trap, but others walk on by? Researchers have been diving deep into animal behaviour in an attempt…

A man in hi-vis hammers a trap into a tree.

This is what happens when you invest in conservation careers

It was launched to create new jobs in the wake of COVID. But the Predator Free Apprentice Programme ended up doing so much more. Hugo…

Cartoon drawing of milk bottles, bait stations, bungee cords, timber, tape, rope and bamboo.

Number 8 wire: 5 low-tech predator control innovations

Move over MacGyver. Homegrown Kiwi innovation is doing so much for predator control, and it’s not just the big players with fancy products.  Some of…

The van Heugten family standing in native bush

Keeping up with the van Heugtens: Auckland’s nature hero family

The van Heugten family isn’t just another household; they’re a powerhouse for nature, spanning generations. Between them, they run a bird rescue centre, trap predators…

A close up of a kōkako

From one pair to many: these volunteers saved this Auckland kōkako population

When volunteers started helping kōkako in the Hūnua Ranges there was just one breeding pair left. But it wasn’t too late – thirty years later,…

Photo of moon phases

Predator trapping by the moon: the influence of maramataka 

Do you plant and harvest your vegetable garden by the moon? Do you fish by the moon? Many people do and recognise the positive influence…