Recently we deployed 26 new DOC200 traps along Wainui and Whaanga Road from Manu Bay out to Te Tuhi Road. The traps are designed to catch stoats, rats and weasels and they will help us reduce these predators along the coastline. This area is important breeding habitat for seabirds like the Oi / Grey-faced Petrel that attempt to breed here each year.

Nesting habitat for Grey-faced Petrel / Oi

Nesting habitat for Grey-faced Petrel / Oi – Photo by: dailysublime (CC BY-ND 2.0)

Other species that will also benefit from pest control are invertebrates like tree weta a favoured prey for ruru / moreporks, remnant skink and gecko populations as well as other native birds like tui, bellbird, kereru and the introduced game birds quail and pheasant.

If you are a resident of these areas or would like to be involved, get in touch with Bexie on wordsbybexie@gmail.com or 0211634644

Bellbird on flax flower - Photo by: vjpaul (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Bellbird on flax flower – Photo by: vjpaul (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)