Background

Lake Hayes Predator Free is a group of passionate locals who volunteer their time to
reduce the number of invasive predators in the Lake Hayes area to protect and
support our native wildlife. Lake Hayes provides an important habitat for a number
of native bird species and has the highest density of breeding Crested Grebes in New Zealand.

More info can be found on the Lake Hayes Predator Free Facebook page.

 Lake Hayes trapping programme aims to bring back more native birdsong and wildlife.

Lake Hayes trapping programme aims to bring back more native birdsong and wildlife.


Coverage

Area surrounding Lake Hayes, including Lake Hayes Loop Track. Currently, monitoring tunnels are out in the field to help inform trap strategy. Traps coming soon.

 The Australasian crested grebe is native to NZ and a nationally threatened species. Lake Hayes has the highest density of breeding Crested Grebes in New Zealand and provides an important habitat for this and other native bird and wildlife. Photo credit:   John Darby

The Australasian crested grebe is native to NZ and a nationally threatened species. Lake Hayes has the highest density of breeding Crested Grebes in New Zealand and provides an important habitat for this and other native bird and wildlife. Photo credit: 

John Darby


Traps currently in place and frequency of checking

Coming soon after monitoring tunnels help inform trap strategy

 Stoat caught in the backyard of Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult, long time Lake Hayes resident.

Stoat caught in the backyard of Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult, long time Lake Hayes resident.


Usage of area

Highly used recreation area with neighbouring private residences

 

Group objectives

Year One – to establish a network of traps surrounding Lake Hayes and begin
predator control.


Year Two – to continue predator control around the lake, hopefully minimising
predator numbers. Begin looking at expansion options.


Year Three – to expand the predator control programme to include key surrounding
residential lifestyle areas, particularly those areas important to native bird life.

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Contact person/s and details:

David Penrose - david.penrose@nzsir.com

 

Volunteers?

Volunteers are always welcome to help check trap lines or fundraise