Background

Since the late 1800's, Paradise has been available to people seeking
tranquility and an accessible experience of wild places. Paradise is a 300 acre historic
property and is open to the public all year round. A trust was set up in 1998 to
preserve this property in perpetuity. A large component of the trust deed is its
commitment to protecting the natural environment. Trapping began in 2010 and
was prompted by the desire to save our endangered long tailed bats, with ‘bat
spotting’ being a popular summer time activity. In 2013 the 'Paradise Protection
Plan' was drawn up by Mandy Groshinski, as part of an application to DOC for
biodiversity funding, for which we were granted just over 8k.
Trapping is only one part of the Paradise Protection Plan. The other two projects that
stand along side this are, weed control & replanting of Kowhai trees as part of
Project Gold.


Coverage

Approximately 150 acres of our 300 acre property have traps placed
in a (semi) grid format, spaced every 100 meters.


Traps currently in place and frequency of checking

DOC150 64

Timms 10

A12 10

A24 10

Possum leg holds 100

Bait stations rat/mice 12

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Usage of area

Paradise is open to the public all year round. We offer accommodation for up
to 48 people. Popular year round activities include walking, biking, fishing,
horse riding, bird and bat watching.


Group objectives

Our grant for trapping began in March 2014, with the aim of having 75 traps
operational by March this year. This completes ‘Stage One’ of the Paradise
Protection Plan with half the property having effective protection from
animal predators.
'Stage Two' is now being worked towards, look at providing a trapping
network over the remaining area of the property, referred to as the Mine
Area (see map). In addition to trapping, the Trust is looking at deer fencing
the perimeter of this site so that the land which is in a state of regeneration
can flourish with the natives flora that are a vital food source for the birds.
Regeneration of this area is currently compromised by wild deer and
wandering stock from the neighboring farm. Motivated by the increased
sightings of Mohua/yellowhead on Paradise it is hoped that with an improved food source
the birds will naturally relocate i.e. from the neighboring Routeburn Valley.


Contact person/s and details:

Mandy Groshinski - Paradise Trust Manager
034429956/info@paradisetrust.co.nz

Tom Pryde - Chairman
034412424/tompryde@cplaw.co.nz

 

Volunteers?

Volunteers are utilized using a site called Help Exchange. Over the years they
have made a huge contribution to our trapping program, weed control and
native replanting.

We are currently looking to build monitoring tunnels and would love to have
some assistance with this.