Conservation Week Trapping Workshop
15 September, 2016
A lot of us know that possums, rats, stoats and cats spell disaster for our native birds. But many people are shocked to learn the scale of the problem – 26 million native birds are killed in New Zealand every year by these introduced predators!
Trapping is one of the best ways to prevent this from happening.
Rotorua Canopy Tours recently held a predator trapping workshop during Conservation Week to demonstrate the different traps available on the market and show people how they can be used safely in residential back yards.
Above: Gary Coker showing how the new Goodnature Automatic Lure Pump works at the preditor trapping workshop.
Residents from all over Rotorua packed into a room at Blue Lake Top 10 Holiday Park to hear from Gary Coker, the conservation manager at Rotorua Canopy Tours.
Gary is an expert at trapping, having hauled thousands of pests out of the Dansey Rd Scenic Reserve over the past four years. Thanks to Rotorua Canopy Tours’ dedicated predator trapping programme, this precious area of native forest has now come back to life, with birds and insects flourishing once again throughout the reserve.
At the workshop, Gary, along with Rotorua Canopy Tour guides Scott Howarth-David and Shane O’Driscoll, shared their vast knowledge on the range of traps available in New Zealand, including the new automated Goodnature traps which Rotorua Canopy Tours now use.
Above: Rotorua Canopy Tours staff with pests that they caught in one night in the Dansey Road Scenic Reserve during Phase two of their trapping programme.
Goodnature makes specific possum and rat traps which are fully automated and re-set themselves. They’re powered by CO2 gas canisters and are completely safe to use at home even around other household pets.
If you’re keen to help protect our native birds by using a trap in your home garden, lifestyle block or farm, we’d love to help. Contact us to learn about the different traps available on the market, and where you can buy them from.
Above: Taxidermy stoat on display at the Predator trapping workshop