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Rat Population Monitoring 2014

Rat Population Monitoring 2014

Our rat and ‘possum control programme has recently been completed. We now need to do the follow up Rat Monitoring and are calling for volunteers to assist.

Event date: Saturday 8 November 2014 - Sunday 9 November 2014 Export event

The plan is to undertake the Rat Monitoring on the first suitable weekend selected from:

  • Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th November,
  • Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th November, and if necessary
  • Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd November.

For planning purposes please email me as soon as possible if you can help listing the days you are available.  You do not have to do both days on a weekend.  Please show your:

  • Email address,
  • Telephone number,
  • The dates you are available, and
  • How many people plan to come each day.

 We need at least a dozen people each day.  More are welcome so skills can be learned.

The job is dependent on the Saturday night being fine. You will be contacted closer to the time when a weekend with fine weather is identified.  It may not be possible to make a final decision until the Friday.   Everyone who volunteers will be contacted.

You will need to bring clothing suitable for the day.  You should have drinking water and some snack food although you can expect to be back at the shelter by 12 Noon or earlier.

We will meet at 9.00am at the Otanewainuku shelter for a briefing and allocation of lines to groups.  We will have the ready-made tracking cards, peanut butter, map, and instructions for each group.  In case some improvements to the track markings are required we will have makers, tools, and tape for each group.  On the Saturday it might be desirable to trim back any new growth or recent windfalls as that makes the job on Sunday that much easier.  Loppers will be on hand.

Should you have some time one day prior to 8th/9th November and would like to do some track marking and/or vegetation clearing please contact me.  It may be possible to improve one or two of the lines in advance.  If there is interest I will see what I can arrange.

My contact details are:

Keith McLeod


Tel:  570 2638

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