Background

Launched in September 2018, Predator Free Puahuru looks to protect and enhance native wildlife in the Shotover Country/Lake Hayes Estate area. 

We will achieve this by trapping rats and stoats along the Queenstown trail which runs along the Shotover and Kawarau rivers near Shotover Country & Lake Hayes. (no poison used). We hope to join up with other trapping networks run by other community groups, such as Quail Rise/Tuckers beach, Wakatipu high school and Bendemeer/Lake Hayes and create really good trap coverage over the Wakatipu basin. We aim to have about 40 DOC 200 traps.

We decided on the use of the name Puahuru, as Maori used it to name the junction of the Kimiākau (Shotover River) and the Kawarau River. 

We also would like to encourage the local community to plant native trees & shrubs and set up bird feeders to encourage the native birds into our newish suburbs and set up backyard traps.


Coverage


Traps currently in place and frequency of checking

We have had the 5 DOC 200 traps out for nearly 2 months with erase and not caught a thing. We believe we have calibrated them right (they go off for 100 grams) We may need to try some extra kinds of bait, ie. eggs, peanut butter/nutella and maybe have an experienced eye come have a look to see we have done everything ok.

So all our kills (7 unspecified) are from a A24. Hasnt had any recent kills.


 

Group objectives

We also would like to encourage the local community to plant native trees & shrubs and set up bird feeders to encourage the native birds into our newish suburbs and set up backyard traps.



Contact person/s and details:

Fiona Peat and Bex Orpin

https://www.facebook.com/predatorfreepuahuru/

 

Volunteers?

We are looking for volunteers to help check our trap lines