Trap.nz, River Corridor, and Website Update November 2018.
There has been excellent growth since March 2017. The numbers listed under catches are the total since the project started except for Waipahihi Botanical Reserve.
I am not sure if this is all the Trap.nz projects. We need a complete list of trap.nz projects even if it is just for funding purposes. Please let Clyff know of any projects on Trap.nz which are not listed.
We are still having issues with ensuring that people record catches correctly - work in progress.
Waikato River Corridor
We now have 87 traps out, organised into four traplines as shown on the map below. The rosters for these are organised on a Google spreadsheet here, on this website which is working well. We have spent most of the donations received. We need more possum control and the plan was to spend any remaining money on Timms traps. If program is to be completed (Control Gates to Aratiatia) we will need more people and more funding.
TDC has approved a program of predator control. This will hopefully mean that Spa Park/ Otumuheke and Reid’s Farm/ Hipapatua will be another area of the river corridor with pest control.
Current trap locations with catches at each trap.
The website is continuing to work well as an information hub for Opepe and River Corridor projects. It is also being used to record catches across the whole membership – over 50 catches for October so far. 3500 total hits on the catch recording pages. Nobody is using the general forums and there is low use of the information on the site.
Project Tongariro (PT) is upgrading the websites for PT, Greening Taupo and Kids Greening Taupo. PFT has not come into their consideration at all. I think all the PT predator control projects (from Rotopounamu north) would benefit from being managed under one website for rosters, recording and displaying.
We still have issues with the recording and display of catches. The current program which involves recording on both Trap.nz and PFT site is cumbersome but satisfactory.
To this point the website has been developed and is run at no cost. I would recommend we discuss with PT the possibility of developing a new platform to manage all the PT area predator control.
Despite the data showing PFT has been very successful in getting predator control established, I believe our committee could be doing much more. We do not have any long-term plan and the meetings review what has happened with little regard to what needs to happen. I believe we need a chair and a secretary and an arrangement with PT regarding financial oversight. There are people keen to help with this and are prepared to join the committee.