Effective trapping is achieved by identifying the predators in your area and understanding their behaviour. Using the DoC trapping guide, you can find our how to monitor predators and choose the best control methods. Once you know the predators you want to target and understand their behaviour, the guide will help you select the right tools, such as traps, baits and layouts. This will help you to tailor your approach to use control methods that will work for the space you're working in.
This guide shows you how to use the most reliable approaches to control predators and learn hands-on skills that work. This includes how to:
select the best bait
build and use monitoring tools
tailor trap layouts and combined them for multiple predator types
build the ideal trap maintenance kit
test and maintain your traps.
The guide also features supplier lists for traps, baits, lures, monitoring equipment and links to online resources to support your use of each.
Owhango Alive was formed in 2011 by a group of local residents concerned about the lack of birdlife in the Ohinetonga Reserve. Our group’s mission is to protect and enhance the environment of the Ohinetonga Reserve, Whakapapa River and Owhango village for the benefit of the native flora and fauna and the enjoyment of locals and visitors. We aim to achieve this through:
plant and animal pest eradication;
raising public awareness and involvement;
building strong relationships with the local community, DoC and other relevant agencies and groups.
Ohinetonga Reserve is on the boundary of Tongariro Forest Park which is one of five national kiwi sanctuaries. The reserve itself is home to native birds including the threatened whio (blue duck) and weweia (dabchick), as well as popokatea (whitehead), toutouwai (North Island robin) and kereru (NZ pigeon) and many more. We hold regular Owhango Alive meetings and working bees. If you would like to find out more about what we do, how to become a volunteer or how to sponsor a trap, contact one of the following: Chairperson: Mark Fredericks, (07) 895-4443, 027 5734359. Deputy Chair: Sally Lashmar, (07) 895-4443, 027 4044266
In 1962 a population of giant wētā were discovered in remnant patches of tawa forest at Mahoenui in the southern King Country. More wētā were found on farmland reverting to gorse in 1987. It's likely that the wētā were once present throughout the lowland forests of Waikato. Mahoenui giant wētā lay their eggs by pushing their ovipositor (egg laying tube) into the ground, They lay small groups of up to 100 eggs which develop in the ground and hatch only when the weather warms up, which can take up to 10 months. Newly hatched wētā are called nymphs. It takes up to two years for the wētā to reach adulthood. The wētā range in size. Females are larger than males, with female adults measuring up to 75 mm and adult males 50 mm. Females weigh up to 19 g (the same weight as a mouse) and males up to 12 g. Mahoenui giant wētā are unique amongst the giant wētā species in having two different colour morphs. Although most tend to be a dark brown mahogany colour, a third of them are a lovely yellow, and one female was even discovered with mahogany for half of her body and the other side yellow. Mahoenui giant wētā have been translocated to three sites:
Private land at Warrenheip near Cambridge
Mahurangi Island, off the Coromandel coast – 200 were transferred there and after four years they started showing signs of breeding
Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.
Welcome to the Waikato Biodiversity Forum
The Waikato Biodiversity Forum is a partnership between research and management agencies, iwi groups, private landowners, communities and projects in relation to native biodiversity in the Waikato region of New Zealand.
The Forum's region of interest extends down to the northern slopes of the Tongariro National Park, across to Mokau on the west coast and up to just north of Port Waikato and includes the Coromandel Peninsula and land west of the Kaimais.
For information about the Forum click on About Us page or phone 0800 BIODIV (246348)