Trap NZ is the tool Predator Free Port Hills are using to record trapping and monitoring results. The website includes predator free community projects from around New Zealand.
Predator Free New Zealand
A website for the Predator Free New Zealand Trust. A trust established to work towards the government’s Predator Free 2050. The website includes information on getting started, Kiwibank communities, news stories, tools and resources, and the latest research.
The Department of Conservation website includes a large variety of conservation information, including a section on getting involved with conservation activities in your garden as well as information on pests and threats.
Environment Canterbury is the Canterbury Regional Council. ECan’s website includes a wide variety of information on the environment in Canterbury, including a section on pest management with information on individual pest species.
Pest Detective is an online tool to help people in New Zealand identify pest animals. It also includes a section for junior pest detectives.
National Pest Control Agencies
National Pest Control Agencies provide a national co-ordinating forum for all those involved in pest management in New Zealand. The website includes best practice trapping and monitoring guides.
The Nature Space website is designed to support community restoration efforts and provide a one-stop-shop to access information and resources. It includes information on pest control and monitoring, restoration plans, planting, wetlands and waterways, training and more.
Naturewatch is a website where you can post photos of wildlife observations and ask for identification and information from experts.
Garden Bird Survey
The Garden Bird Survey is a national week long survey held in June each year and organised by Landcare Research. It is a citizen science project that aims to gain an understanding of trends in garden bird populations over time.
Great Kereru Count
The Great Kereru Count is a public 10-day bird count held every year in September/October. Kereru or Wood Pigeons are the only bird to disperse large native seeds, and are a good indicator of ecosystem health.
Zero Invasive Predators (ZIP) is a research and development entity focused on developing the tools and techniques to enable their vision of “the complete removal of rats, stoats, and possums from large mainland areas for the long term, sustainable protection of native biodiversity.”
The Cacophony Project
The Cacophony Project aims to record birdsong to measure the success of pest control, and will use recordings to attract pests to traps.
Other Example Predator Free Communities and Initiatives
Halo is a Wellington group that aims to join Wellington’s biodiversity hotspots together through planting and community trapping. Their aim is for Wellington to be the Wildlife Capital of New Zealand.
Te Motu Kairangi
Te Motu Kairangi is the Miramar Peninsula ecological restoration project in Wellington where they are planting native plants and trapping pests.
The Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group (OPBG) are trapping pests with a focus on possums working towards a pest free peninsula. To date the have trapping over 8,500 possums. For more information on the Otago Peninsula project.
Predator Free Stewart Island
The possibility of a predator free Stewart Island is being explored through a partnership between DOC and The Morgan Foundation. This website has news and updates on the initiative.
The Million Dollar Mouse
The Million Dollar Mouse project aims to remove mice from the Antipodes Islands 760km south of New Zealand in the Subantarctic Islands.
Local Trusts and Projects