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Pest trap li­brary opens at hall

Scheme will loan res­i­dents preda­tor traps

- Animals · Wildlife · South Island · Little River

Whaka­ma­ra­mares­i­dents will be able to loan a va­ri­ety of pest traps from this Sun­day with the open­ing of a Pest Trap Li­brary to as­sist in com­bat­ing ro­dents on their prop­erty and helpNewZea­land reach its “big hairy au­da­cious goal” of be­ing preda­tor free by 2050.

The Pest Trap Li­brary (PTL) opens on Sun­day, Novem­ber 29 from3pm un­til 5pm, and is based on The Lit­tle River Pest Trap in the South Is­land, whereby the li­brary loans lo­cals the right type of preda­tor con­trol de­vice to re­move prob­lem­atic pests like rats, hedge­hogs, pos­sums and stoats.

“The aim is to re­move­mam­malian pests so the birds, trees and wildlife comeback to theWhaka­ma­rama area and to fur­ther sup­port the work vol­un­teers do trap­ping on aweekly ba­sis at The Blade and at Puke­toki re­serve,” says PTLco-or­di­na­tor De­bra Jager.

Whaka­ma­ra­maCom­mu­ni­tyInc is a lo­cal group that has been in ex­is­tence for­some years and sees ini­tia­tives such as this, along with pest

trap­ping— Friends of the Blade and Puke­toki, work­ing to cre­ate bike tracks in the Kaimai’s, lo­cal water qual­ity mea­sur­ing, his­tory books and bring­ing lo­cal con­cerns to coun­cils

at­ten­tion.

Fund­ing has­come­from both Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil’s EEF fund and DoC’s Com­mu­ni­tyFund. Ur­ban back­yard trap­ping pro­gramme, Preda­tor Free BOPhas al­so­comeon board with a do­na­tion of 10 rat traps to the li­brary. Preda­tor FreeBOPvol­un­teers will be at Sun­day’s open­ing of­fer­ing one free rat trap to prop­erty own­ers in the area.

Head along for ad­vice, com­pli­men­tary re­fresh­ments, and loan ad­di­tional traps. i

The Pest Trap Li­brary is lo­cated at Whaka­ma­rama Com­mu­nity Hall, 469 Whaka­ma­rama Rd.

 ??  ?? Pest Trap Li­brary co-or­di­na­tor De­bra Jager with some of the traps avail­able.
Pest Trap Li­brary co-or­di­na­tor De­bra Jager with some of the traps avail­able.

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