Residents want a pest-free suburb
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.