Wairaurahiri Jet Extend Predator Control Work
With assistance from Biodiversity Southland Co-ordinator, Janet Gregory of Landcare Trust, Joyce Kolk and Johan Groters of Wairaurahiri Jet have been able to extend their pest control work along the South Coast Track from the river to the Percy Burn Viaduct. An application put together by Janet to the Biodiversity Condition Fund round announced in May 2009 was successful and with the grant and other sponsorship they purchased 50 more traps. In the three months (June to August) these traps have been in place they have caught 15 stoats and 15 rats. With the original trap line down the Wairaurahiri River, in the past 6 months they have caught 13 stoats and 42 rats. Joyce comments that it is interesting to note that when they first started trapping down the river the stoats outnumbered the rats.
Posted on: Thursday, 24 September 2009