2015/16 – Development of a small scale pest control programme on Taharoa Trust, Grandy Lake Forest, Pongaroa Station and Okepuha Station
Back ground : In 2014, Pat and Sue O’Brien in partnership with Grandy Lake Forest retired 10 ha of riparian margins along the Whangawehi stream. A total of 36000 native trees have been planted with a strong support from the community. Both landowners are thrilled to see the bird life coming back to the site.
Details : A small scale predator control plan was put in place on the Taharoa Trust and Grandy Lake Forest in December 2014 with technical support from HBRC and financial assistance from Nga Whenua Rahui. The traps laid out target Mustellids, possums, wild cats, hedgehogs and rats. This community based pest control programme is now expanding on both sides of the river in order to completely protect the retired area and a buffer zone along the Whangawehi stream. So far 125 traps are self managed by landowners on a monthly basis. Landowners and the Whangawehi Community have demonstrated their ability to maintain and service the traps while reporting on a monthly basis.Traps are located along high traffic tracks for easy and regular maintenance. Reporting is currently done via an online application trap.org.nz. Each landowner is able to login and report via a very user friendly interface.
Pest control in 2017 : the group manages now 250 traps over 30 km of trap lines. The retired area is approximately 42 ha with 135 000 trees planted over 3 winters. Pest control is becoming an increasing necessity.
Map : core area of our pest control programme