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Newsletter #10 October 2020 of Kerikeri Peninsula Pest Control
Hi folks,

Total pests removed 11,507

Here's our latest stats:

  • 252 properties/areas being trapped - 138 active trappers
  • 1,645 traps and bait stations
  • 11,507 pests removed

  • 3,764 mice
  • 3,454 rats
  • 2,971 mynas
  • 712 possums
  • 310 rabbits
  • 112 hedgehogs
  • 84 stoats
  • 55 weasels
  • 45 feral cats

A huge thank you to all our awesome trappers out there :) 
Keep those catch reports rolling in!
Dog kiwi aversion training Saturday 7th November Opito Bay

Wonderful Lesley Baigent will be running another aversion training session for dogs on Saturday 7th November.

To book your dog in please email

We are still finalising the location and will confirm the address when we give you a time slot.
Kaka sightings - have you seen one?

We are getting more regular reports of kaka sightings. One couple in Rangitane recently saw a pair and then another Rangitane resident saw three! This one turned up in Opito Bay recently.

NZ birds online says there's probably fewer than 10,000 of these raucous guys nationally.

You can read more about them here
More birds in the DoC reserves :)

We've just done our fourth annual five minute bird count in Akeake and Rangitane Reserves. While it's early days, the numbers seem to be increasing :)

Total birds heard and seen:
Akeake Reserve 105 vs 32 in 2017
Rangitane Reserve 77 vs 31 in 2017

Akeake graphs
Rangitane graphs
Thank you to NRC & Kiwi Coast!

A huge thanks to NRC and Kiwi Coast. Trap supply, technical advice, you name it. Without your guys support we couldn't operate.

This is a report on all the groups results in our mid-north area over - 43 of them! Collectively, 47,000 pests have been removed in the last year. A good read.

Download the report here
Meet the trappers...

Meet Bruce Campbell. Bruce has been trapping his 4 hectare property on Opito Bay Rd for two years now and has taken out an amazing 431 pests. You may have also seen some of Bruce's cool trail-cam footage on our Facebook page of the kiwi he has living in his bush. Thanks for all your efforts Bruce! #protectingkiwi #protectingnativewildlife
Our myna graph has gone ballistic

Our myna graph took a huge leap in the last couple of months - total removed 2971

Thank you to all the folk out there trapping them and to Stu for taking out over 1500 with his air rifle!
More trees in Rangitane DoC Reserve and Rangitane Scenic Reserve

60 more trees went in the ground in August. A huge thank to Terry and Ali Goodall's team at Rangitane Scenic Reserve and the good folk who turned out at Rangitane DoC Reserve.

Eventually, more tucker for the birds :)

Huge thanks also to the Kerikeri Shadehouse (next to DoC) who raised the trees from seed!
Miromiro / tomtit, have you seen any?

Deb saw our first miromiro ever in Pukewhau Rd here last month. The one in the pic is a bloke, the gals are lighter coloured.

Folk in Bush Point Rd and at our end of Opito Bay Rd have also reported sightings.

Here's hoping they're making lots of bubbas ;)
Roadside rubbish fairy

You may have noticed a brightly dressed lady cleaning up the entire roadside on the peninsula recently - big job Jonsey!

A huge thank you to Kath for your days and days of mahi - what an absolute trooper :)

The pic is a tiny percentage of Kath's total haul.
A cave weta

One of our trappers on Opito Bay Rd found this critter (expired) in his garage, a cave wētā - apparently they can leap 3m 🙂

Anyone seen one on their property before?

Here's some more info on them
Water for kiwi some important guidelines

With climate change, dry summers are more likely in the future. DoC have had a large number of kiwi suffering from dehydration bought into them this year, a big percentage have not been able to be saved.

We can help the birds by leaving water out for them over the summer months.
  • Make sure the water in the containers is no more than 100mm deep
  • Put some rocks in the container so small kiwi (and lizards) can get out
  • Refresh the water and clean the container regularly.
A kiwi drowned in a fish pond on Opito Bay Rd recently. Ideally these areas should be fenced, if not practical, they need a ramp to be able to get back out again.

Guidelines for dog owners living in a kiwi zone

We've added a guidelines page on our website!

It's a huge responsibility to own a dog in a kiwi zone,
so here's some suggestions for ensuring our dogs never meet a kiwi...  have a read here
Our catch graphs - check em out...

This is a graph of an 8 week average of our total catches over the past nearly three years.

There's a truckload of graphs updated weekly on our home page if you're interested, rats vs mice, mustelids, possums, catches by property, the whole horror show :)

View the catch reports and graphs here

Download A Practical Guide to Trapping

Predator Free 2050 / DoC have put out this guide and it's awesome!
  • The right baits
  • Know your predator - home ranges, identification, habitat, behaviour, and the threats each one pose.
  • Plus a truckload of other really good info.
Apart from trapping, what else can we do?

We've made a list! You'll need a cup of tea and a lie down after reading through this lot :)

Food trees to plant, weeds to bust, ideas for making your property invertebrate friendly. Get involved in annual kiwi call counts, five minute bird counts, job share a trap line, collect native tree seed for restoring the reserves...

Full details here: 
Feeding the birds - plant natives

It's planting season! NRC put out this fantastic downloadable booklet on native trees and plants.
  • What native trees are the best food for kereru / tui / silvereye
  • Which trees possum most like to eat!
  • Growth rates / final heights / what conditions each species prefers
The cheat sheet is:
Best food for kereru: taraire, karaka, nikau and puriri.
Best food for tui/silvereye: flax, kowhai, kahikatea, kohekohe, puriri, pohutukakwa and rewarewa
What flavour rat did you catch?

When  submitting your catch reports, it would be useful information to know what type of rat you have caught. We've posted an article on our blog to help with identification.

The cheat sheet is:
Ship Rat (climbers) - tail longer than head and body, ears fold over eyes.
Norway Rat (swimmers) - tail shorter than head and body, ears don't fold over eyes.

Read the full article here
We're on Crackbook!

Our numbers are starting to crank up just a bit - 272 followers!  Please help us out, if you use Facebook, jump on and like our page. It'll help spread the word about the project and hopefully more folks will end up with traps in their backyards. That'll be good for the birds, bugs and plants - yay.

Just click on the trap below...

Please keep the catch reports coming in...

It's important to be able to report on our progress to our funders, so please visit the site and hit the report a catch button to keep the system updating :)
Watch our slideshow...

Living in a kiwi zone - essential info for all of us living on the peninsula...
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