Phase 2: The Results
27 November, 2015
In late November 2015 (a month after our Phase 2 trapping programme began), we did a post-monitoring survey to see how successful we had been.
This involved placing chew cards (small squares of plastic corflute spread with peanut butter), out into the forest every 50m along our monitoring lines. When animals chew on these cards they leave their bite marks behind for us to record, giving us a good idea of what’s out there pest-wise.
Pre-monitoring indicated rats dominated about 80% of the forest (yikes!). A successful operation would hope to get the rats and possums down to 5% or less. We are very pleased to report that since trapping started, monitoring indicates we’re now at 0% rats and 5% possums! An awesome result for our Rotorua Eco Tour.
Thanks to the self-resetting Goodnature traps (which are always live and working), these pest numbers will now stay at low levels, creating a safe area for our native species to thrive.