Getting rid of the rook
Possums, rats, stoats, ferrets and feral cats are not the only pests threatening the country’s flora and fauna - some birdlife is on that list.
The Otago Regional Council (ORC) needs help from the community to keep an eye out for rooks and their nesting sites, as part of the annual spring eradication programme.
Rooks are considered a pest because of the extensive damage they can cause to crops and new grass. They have previously been spotted in Maniototo, Strath Taieri, Middlemarch, and South Otago around Clinton and Clydevale.
ORC environmental monitoring and operations director Scott MacLean advised people not to shoot at or scare rooks, because if they got a fright they could scatter and form new rookeries.
“We rely on help from the community to call us if they see any rooks or nesting sites between now and November, because they are our eyes and ears on the ground.
‘‘ORC’s pest control programme has reduced the number of rooks from hundreds at the peak to around 50.
‘‘Anyone who sees a rook or rookery just needs to give us a call and our rook eradication staff will come and deal with them,” he said.
People who see rooks in Otago are asked to contact ORC environmental officer Malcolm Allan on 027 278 8498, or ORC at 0800 474 082 or email@example.com.
Rooks are a pest due to the damage they cause to crops and grass.