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Autumn 2018 Update

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The website is generating a reasonable amount of traffic and some areas are getting used consistently. Remember to stay logged on – you will not be able to access the forums or contact other members if you are not logged on. Please use the main forum to raise issues that need addressing. When in the forums use the subscribe button under actions at the bottom of the page to receive email notifications of replies to topics of interest.image004

Projects

Opepe DOC Reserve

The project at Opepe goes from strength to strength with 46 traps out now. They have just added 6 A12’s for possum control which are distributed among the existing traps. Investigation is now focused on the best way to extend the trapping away from the existing access tracks. There are 12 members listed as part of the project and the forum has had 104 entries made. In March so far, there have been 3 mustelids, 18 rats, 8 hedgehogs and a possum caught. Great work!

Waipahihi Gully Restoration Project

John and Pat Gibbs are driving this project which is gathering community support as well as support from Waipahihi School and TDC. This is a planting and pest control program. They have 12 DOC 200’s out and are keen to involve others living in the area (Grace Crescent, Marshall Av etc).

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Waikato River Corridor

This project is aimed at enhancing the great work done by Greening Taupo on Wairakei Drive and extending the available range for the prolific bird life at Wairakei Golf + Sanctuary. Many business’s in the Wairakei Business Group already have well established trapping programs and this project aims to “Join the dots”.

Stage one is planned to cover the area from Reid’s Farm to the Contact Power Station using the existing cycling/walking Huka Trails for access. Huka Jet has generously agreed to sponsor all the DOC 200’s required for the project and we are currently seeking further corporate sponsorship for the balance. We will also need to recruit PFT volunteers for trap checking rosters which will be able to be done either on foot or by bike. If you are keen email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Predator Free Acacia Bay

We have successfully deployed about 70 traps in Acacia Bay following a Kiwibank community grant last year. In order for this project to develop further we are still looking for a keen Acacia Bay resident to steer this project forward.

Rangatira Park

We have several keen residents who have initiated this program with a funding application. If you are a Rangatira Park resident and wish to be involved contact us through the website. This project fits very well as part of the river corridor program.

Keep those traps set and start bringing back the birds to your garden!

 

Big Day with the Traps at Cameron Drive!

After catching just 3 rats since the start of the year, on February 13th we caught a ferret, a stoat, a rat, and a mouse. First mustelids we have caught ever. The rat and the mouse were in the same DOC200 - the mouse in the mouse trap in the front. All traps had Erase (dehydrated rabbit) plus a mousetrap with peanut butter.

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Predator Free Taupo Trap Library

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Traps are available on a month by month basis. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advice.

 Good nature A12 for possums and Good Nature A24 for Rats/stoats

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https://www.goodnature.co.nz/products/rat-stoat/

These are self resetting automatic traps.

They are available for a bond of $50 and a rental of $20 a month which includes the gas and lure 

 

DOC 200 in a wooden tunnel

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          http://www.doc.govt.nz/documents/conservation/threats-and-impacts/animal-pests/doc200-predator-trap.pdf

These are conventional box traps suitable for rats and stoats.

They are available for a bond of $50 and a rental of $10 a month.

 

 

We also have Victor rat traps in a tunnel available for $15.00 to buy.

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We can advise you on the best option for your problem. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Trap Results from Opepe and Waipahihi.

These are trap maps from Opepe and Waipahihi showing the kills in each trap. The Opepe map (top) show all the kills from the start of the program in mid-October. Waipahihi results are from September 1st.

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The Waipahihi map shows every trap has caught something during the period, wheras the Opepe data has areas with no kills. Does anyone have any ideas why this might be?

Great work and well done to the teams involved. There are however, obviously more pests to be dealt to.

Welcome to our Predator Free Taupo October update.

PFT Steering Committee

Robyn Ellis            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Clyff Harrington     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

John Gibbs            This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Stephen Spargo    This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Nigel Lloyd             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Paul Green             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

Shawn Vennell       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Website

The website will now record your catches and show the results for each project, for the month, as well as a grand total. All the data for PFT will be sent off to Trap.NZ (the national recording data base) in bulk, eliminating the need for everybody to belong to Trap.NZ. If you are already entering data on a separate project on Trap.NZ it will be best to continue doing this. 

You can enter your catches here (you will need to be registered with PFT and logged on):

https://predatorfreetaupo.nz/index.php/who-s-killing-what/enter-your-catch

Once we get some data entered, there is a "who's killing what" button on the main menu so we can see how everybody is going. For people using backyard traps, and not part of a project, your group is currently called "Lone trappers". If anyone has a more suitable name please feel free to suggest it. 

The Kiwibank grant is very specific about recording catches and it is vital that, as a group, we do this so please register on PFT and record your catches. 

Other news

Predator Free Acacia Bay

There was a good turnout for the launch of PFAB on 7th of October with about 40 traps going out into the community. Our goal is to have one house in every five with a trap in Acacia Bay so please talk to your neighbours and get them on board. There is a vacancy for a coordinator for this project so if you are looking for an exciting, not so well paid job, please get in touch.
https://predatorfreetaupo.nz/index.php/projects/6-predator-free-acacia-bay

Waikato River Corridor

Clyff, Robyn and Shawn attended a meeting of the Wairakei Business group on Wednesday 18th October. Clyff has already surveyed the trapping activity within the group and they are keen to "join the dots" with the vision of a planned trapping zone from Control Gates to Aratiatia. The first stage will be from Reid's farm to the north of the Contact land by the red bridge. https://predatorfreetaupo.nz/index.php/projects/2-waikato-river-corridor

Opepe DOC Reserve

In association with DOC and Forest and Bird the traplines were placed in Opepe Reserve on the 19th October which was a great way to celebrate conservation week. If you would like to help with this project check it out on the website: https://predatorfreetaupo.nz/index.php/projects/7-opepe-doc-reserve

Read more: October Newsletter

Trap Library

Traps are now available from our Trap Library.

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