During February and March, The Forest Bridge Trust held three community pest control workshops. The workshops were held in Kaipara Flats, Tauhoa and Tomarata.
Landowners in the Hoteo catchment were invited and the objectives of each session were to (1) inform the community about the existence, goals and objectives of The Forest Bridge Trust, (2) describe the introduced predators that harm native New Zealand plants and animals and how to deal with them, (3) demonstrate the use of traps to control predators and (4) distribute traps to interested landowners so that they can initiate or expand predator control on their properties.
The sessions were led by TFBT trustee and education coordinator Liz Maire. Liz was assisted by fellow trustees Kevin and Gill Adshead and by Glenn and Joe, experienced professional trappers.
Liz opened each session by having the participants introduce themselves and introducing the trustees who explained the background and objectives of The Forest Bridge Trust.
The trappers then provided an overview of the different types of predators people might encounter on their properties and explained their behaviour and the damage they do.
This was followed by a demonstration of various traps and trapping techniques.
Participants were given the chance to get some experience setting the traps.
Participants were invited to take traps to use in their pest control efforts. Thanks to TFBTs fundraising efforts, the Trust is able to provide a few traps to the community free of charge to get them started.
Liz closed each session by explaining the TFBT CatchIT programme in schools and the Walk the Line app which enables us to do GPS monitoring of traps and provides the ability to record catch activity for further analysis.
A total of 46 community members attended the three sessions and 51 traps were distributed for deployment in the field.
For further information or assistance in trapping on your property, please contact The Forest Bridge Trust at firstname.lastname@example.org