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Newsletter #4 October 2018 of Kerikeri Peninsula Pest Control
Hi folks,

 2,023 pests taken out!

Here's our stats:

  • 188 properties being trapped - 116 active trappers
  • 970 traps and bait stations
  • 2,023 pests removed
  • 929 rats - 898 mice - 106 possums - 29 stoats - 25 hedgehogs - 24 rabbits  - 7 feral cats and 5 weasels removed from the peninsula.
  • View our catches per property/area here
New kiwi sign at Rangitane

We've put this new sign up at Rangitane with a happier message than the last one.

Since our last newsletter in June the road toll remains unchanged at three kiwi road deaths reported to DoC. Good news.
Rangitane Reserve kiwi count: 18.3 calls per hour!

Four lots of listeners braved the chill June/July evenings this year to do kiwi listening.

Fleur and Deb (who have bionic hearing) recorded an amazing 18.3 average calls per hour at the historical listening site at Rangitane Reserve. That's heaps. Compared to last years Northland wide figures of approx 100 listening stations, that would be the seventh highest count.

Barney Lee averaged 6.5 calls per hour on his property on the Te Puna Inlet, Ross Lockyer at the start of Doves Bay Rd, 12.25 and Will and Vicky Gooch 2.75  listening in Akeake Reserve.

This monitoring is really important going forward. If you'd like to do listening on your property please get in touch, we have some great resources we can send you.  Email us here
No flies on this possum...

We set the night cameras up to see who was eating all the baits and caught this clown eating peanut butter out of the back of the trap. He's supposed to walk up the ramp and put his head in, maybe we need to provide instructions... Click to watch the youtube vid.

Stoats and weasels, how do you tell em' apart?

We've caught 29 stoats and 5 weasels. 3 of the weasels have been caught in rat traps.

Weasels are smaller than stoats (wee weasels) 20-25cm vs 34-40cm of a stoat including the tail. Stoats have a bushy tail with a black tip. Weasels have a short tail in comparison.

Ferrets are the biggest mustelid and thankfully aren't as common as stoats or weasels.
5 minute bird counts show some increases

We carried out the annual 5 minute count in both Akeake and Rangitane reserves recently. Here's the results:

Akeake Reserve:
  • Total birds seen: up 108%
  • Total birds seen and heard: up 188%
Rangitane Reserve
  • Total bird seen: down 28%
  • Total birds seen and heard: up 38%
The most common bird seen/heard in both reserves - the riroriro / grey warbler
It's early days for the monitoring, both reserves have only had 4 months of pest control. We look forward to repeating the exercise in September next year.

Check the website here for the full results Akeake   Rangitane
Planting in the reserves - feeding the birds

A huge thank you to Fleur Corbett for planting dozens of young Tairere trees in Rangitane Reserve this year along with many other natives along the roadside of Opito Bay Rd.  Future food for the birds!

In Akeake Reserve we were given permission to plant a limited number of trees on the western side, so there are now a miro, a toro, a tawapou, two milk trees and a tanekaha planted and doing well.

Deb also raised some tairere from seed, we put a dozen of these in loose soil in the reserve and three of them have sprouted (one pictured). We'll keep you posted on their progress, hope summer's not too dry :)
Taiwan cherry, a baddie possibly growing on your property

Yep, the ones with the pretty pink flowers in spring, these guys are the rabbits of the tree world. They take over from native plants and trees and that's not good news for our native birds.

The pic shows an a couple of hours of Deb's work down the front of our place, approximately 200 seedlings that had spread from a big tree uphill. That big tree is dead now :)

Now's a great time to pull seedlings out of the ground and if you've got a big one, here's how the NRC recommends you deal with it:

"Taiwan cherry invades all types of shrublands, light gaps in the forest, roadsides, gardens and reserves. It has the potential to spread and dominate over native vegetation displacing it completely and negatively impacting on entire naturally occurring ecosystems." NRC
Northland kiwi aversion training

Get your dog kiwi aversion trained from any one of these certifiers:

Pete Graham - 027 4837 050
Glen Coulston - 027 290 9448
Jason Hanham - 021 872 476

Seen an uncommon native bird? Report a sighting...

kakaWe've added a section on the website that lets you report sightings of uncommon native birds. We then add the location to a google map displayed on the page.

In Opito, we've had a kaka hanging out on the  neighbours deck and buzzing our place. One was also spotted by Terry and Ali, our Rangitane coordinators, while they were out walking in Akeake Reserve.

Report a sighting here
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 now on Crackbook!

We've started a Facebook page and we've only got 49 followers! (a vast improvement on the 25 when we sent the last newsletter out tho).

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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