Res­i­dents want a pest-free sub­urb

Kapi-Mana News - - MOVIES/NEWS -

Glen­side is hav­ing a shot at be­com­ing a preda­tor-free com­mu­nity.

Rats are a prob­lem along the banks of the stream and stoats prey on prop­er­ties that keep chick­ens.

The pests are com­pro­mis­ing na­tive bird life and bush re­gen­er­a­tion.

Al Brown, res­i­dent, ex­pe­ri­enced trap­per and project leader, said he had lived in Glen­side for 26 years and had watched a de­cline in bird num­bers.

‘‘We are very keen to re­verse this de­cline,’’ he said.

‘‘ Hope­fully this time next year we’ll al­ready be notic­ing re­sults from our trap­ping through an in­crease in bird life and healthy plant growth,’’ he said.

‘‘Any im­prove­ments we make we think will make a pos­i­tive im­pact on the over­all re­duc­tion of preda­tors in the re­gion.’’

The Glen­side Pro­gres­sive As­so­ci­a­tion is one of four or­gan­i­sa­tions vy­ing for a $5000 grant for child and pet-friendly traps and to take part in a trial to de­ter­mine whether preda­tor-free ar­eas can be de­vel­oped in places that don’t have rigidly de­fined perime­ter.

To win the grant Glen­side needs votes of sup­port. People can show sup­port for Glen­side, by sign­ing up as an En­hanc­ing the Halo house­hold and cast­ing their vote on the face­book page.

Fruit of Eden: Eden Grow­cott picks the only ap­ple from the com­mu­nity tree out­side her home.

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