Phase 2 Gets Underway
27 October, 2015
In October 2015 Rotorua Canopy Tours invested in a new range of automated traps from Goodnature.
The way we had begun trapping in 2013 worked. But our original traps were all manual and very labour intensive to re-set and monitor.
Armed with this new technology, we installed 450 self-resetting rat and possum traps and widened our pest control area from 50ha to 100ha.
In total we spent 300 hours laying 22km of trapping lines through the forest. And during a subsequent three day blitz we caught over 700 introduced pests!
We spent $70,000 setting up Phase 2 but we’re extremely pleased with the results. In fact, the success of this operation can clearly be seen in our forest where we’ve had some amazing finds.
In early 2016 a rare striped skink was seen, and more recently, pacific geckos have been hanging out near our canopy platforms. We’re super excited to see what else we’re going to find in this forest as our trapping programme becomes more extensive in future.