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Newsletter #9 April 2020 of Kerikeri Peninsula Pest Control
Hi folks,

Total pests removed 7,129
Record reported catches over the last three weeks of lockdown - 456!
So obviously lots of folk using this time to re-bait, check their traps and report catches - the birds, bugs and trees will love you for it.

Here's our latest stats:

  • 243 properties/areas being trapped - 121 active trappers
  • 1,476 traps and bait stations
  • 6,139 pests removed

  • 2,794 mice
  • 2,647 rats
  • 660 mynas
  • 539 possums
  • 256 rabbits
  • 85 hedgehogs
  • 75 stoats
  • 40 weasels
  • 35 feral cats

A huge thank you to all our awesome trappers out there :) 
Keep those catch reports rolling in!
Send us your stories, just a sentence or two...

So together we've been trapping pests coming up three years now, has it made a noticeable difference to the number of birds and bugs on your property?

Please send us your stories, just a sentence or two. With your permission we'd like to add them to a page on our website.

Every one submitted goes in the draw to win one of these cool coffee mugs by Lynda Harris, one of our trappers and potter extraordinaire :)
Kiwi suffering from dehydration saved in Akeake Reserve

Some visiting overseas tourists noticed a kiwi out during the daytime in the reserve and unable to walk. We got the bird to DoC who took it to the vet in Paihia, 3-4 days later it was released fighting fit back into the Reserve, yay one saved from the drought!

Watch a video on the story here
Good eggs

You probably will have noticed all the kiwi road signs have been refreshed with shiny white paint recently.
A huge thank you to Jenny and John Mark from Doves Bay, who got out there and did the work, bless you guys!

A big shout out to the Kerikeri Cub Scout Group who after hearing our story of the dehydrated kiwi left water bowls and bottles throughout the reserve for people to refill. Fantastic you guys.

Steve and Julie May, our next door neighbours, are absolute troopers. Virtually every day for the last couple of months since hearing about the dehydrated kiwi they've been carrying water (those back packs are filled with water bottles) into Akeake Reserve for the kiwi and birds, thanks you guys.

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.

Buy some framed prints, proceeds to KPPC

A big thank you to local artist Jo Hill who has donated six of her framed prints of native plants and trees to be auctioned on Trademe.

Set of six framed botanical prints, intricate depictions of ngaio, tawapou, towai, poroporo and turutu (dianella). Proceeds from the sale will be donated to support conservation efforts on the Kerikeri Peninsula - Doves Bay, Opito Bay and Rangitane areas to help protect kiwi and other native species. Framed prints are 380 x 520mm

Bidding starts at $50
Kiwi listening coming up in May - like to do it on your property?

Get in touch We've got some good training resources here and can come and listen with you for the first night to get you started. The data will be valuable to measure if kiwi numbers are increasing. It involves 2 hours a night for four days.

DoC produce a comprehensive report on the Northland listening results each year - download last years here (.pdf 4.0mb)
33 dogs through February kiwi avoidance training

We had a good turn out to the  Lesley Baigents training session, mostly local dogs.

If you'd like to put your name on the list to be notified for the next one which is scheduled around August/Sept email

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 - 244 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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