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Community Pest Control Workshops—February – March 2016

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 theforestbridgetrust@gmail.com





CATCHIT Schools Launched at Tomarata and Tauhoa Schools–27 July 2015.

Liz Maire, our education coordinator, kicked off the CatchIT pest control programme with help from Tauhoa and Tomarata School students.  The students helped us get some of the new traps ready and Liz  gave the students an overview of the problems caused by introduced pests, explained the different creatures and how to control them, and talked about tracking tunnels and trapping.

Liz Explains the Front End of a Stoat

Liz Explaining Why Stoats Are So Nasty

There has been a lot of work going on behind the scenes, sourcing traps and materials.


Some of the 100 Timms Traps Donated by Auckland Council

Five Tomorata School Students Help Carry Some of the Timms Traps to Safe Storage

5 Tomarata School Students Help Carry Timms Traps to Safe Storage


100 Rat Boxes Made by Oikoumene Timber of Helensville With Funding From Rodney Local Board


Tomarata Students Unloading Rat Boxes

On the day, Liz and Gill held two sessions at the school.


Liz With a Possum Puppet


Liz Shows Off Motuora’s infamous Norway rat


Liz explaining animal tracks


Explaining How Tracking Tunnels Work


Students Trying Their Hand At Interpreting Animal Tracks


Check Out the Reaction to Seeing a DOC 200 Trap Go Off!


Gill Adshead, trustee, explains what the Forest Bridge trust is all about using Terry’s great area map.

The programmes were very well received and the students went away with lots of new knowledge and enthusiasm.


Liz who has given a great deal of her time freely to get the program up and running

Auckland Council for donation of traps and funds

Rodney Local Board for funding,

Warren Agnew ( Gotcha Traps) who donated tracking tunnels and cards

Terry of Nature Designs Ltd who produced a great TFBT area map

Trustees and advisors of The Forest Bridge Trust whose vision made it happen