Pest Control Event at WWD 2018

Pest Control Event at WWD 2018

Trapping for Success in the Peat Lake Catchments workshop 2018


Almost certainly the first World Wetland Day event on the planet occurred Friday 2nd February 2018, with an early morning breakfast workshop on predators and peat lakes held at Windy Ridge, Ōhaupō. Thirty or so dedicated volunteers from a number of peat lakes across the Waikato region got together with a handful of experts from DOC, Waikato Regional Council and Auckland/Hamilton Fish and Game to share experiences and "top tips" on control of introduced predators and biodiversity monitoring.

Hosted by the NZ Landcare Trust and the National Wetland Trust and sponsored by the DOC-Fonterra Living Water Partnership, the event was a valuable gathering of individuals, community groups and agencies all working towards a common goal.

The outline of the day, including agenda, a list of the lakes which have predator control happening around them, and the organisations involved can be downloaded at the bottom of this page (0. Outline of the day_NZLT).

Dion Patterson from Living Water gave a presentation on PF2050 in the context of the Peat Lakes. A PDF of his presentation can be downloaded from the bottom of this page (1. DOC Waikato Peat Lakes PF2050).
A future goal to reintroduce patake (brown teal) back to the Waipā lakes was also outlined, with a habitat assessment currently underway. See Karen Denyer’s presentation which can be downloaded at the bottom of this page (2. National Wetland Trust_WWD 2018).

Dave Byers from Waikato Regional Council presented on monitoring pests – a copy of his presentation can be downloaded from the bottom of this page (3. Monitoring Pests in Peat Lake Habitat).

Pest Control Event at WWD 2018

A winning top tip for trappers was to try a range of baits, including "nutella", white chocolate, dried apricot and cheese to attract ship and Norway rats. To attract mustelids (stoats, weasels and ferrets) try fresh or dehydrated rabbit.

Notes from the day were captured by Susan Emmitt from Waipā District Council and sent out to participants in draft form so people could add their own notes. A PDF of these notes are available for download at the bottom of this page (4. Summary notes from WWD 2018).

A suggestion to meet again to look at forming a peat lake collective to continue sharing ideas and resources, and potentially look at joint funding applications was agreed upon at this event, and a follow up meeting held on the 21st February 2018 at Lake Ruatuna.

If you would like further information from this event, please contact Nardene Berry, Waikato Regional Coordinator.

Photo caption: Participants enjoy breakfast at Windy Ridge, Ōhaupō while discussing trapping pest animals, including Norway and Ship rats. Credit: Karen Denyer

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