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Spring Workdays

Pest control operation in the bush to target rats and possums

Event date: Sunday 4 October 2015 - Sunday 4 October 2015 Export event

It is that time of year again when we undertake our pest control operation in the bush to target rats and possums. This is the Trust's major pest operation for the year and is important to give the forest and bird life the best chance of survival and reduce pest numbers.  Would you be able to help us with the first weekend of putting the pre-feed out in the bush? 

The pre-feed is non-toxic cereal pellets and we will be placing 750gm of pre-feed in each bait station.  This year we, as volunteers, will be filling bait stations on the Mountain block only, with contractors working in the rest of the bush.

The pest control program involves putting out the first lot of pre-feed over weekend one. The following weekend a second lot of pre-feed goes out.  On the third weekend any remaining pre-feed is removed and is replaced with the toxic bait. Two weeks later any remaining toxic bait is removed from the bait stations. The operation is then complete.

For this operation you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness, as you will be walking in teams of 2 over some steep areas, carrying a pack.  You will also need to have a pack to carry between 5 - 10 kg of pre feed.  Of course this reduces as you walk along and put the pre feed in the bait stations.  Good boots or walking shoes are required as well and wet weather gear and some snacks and a drink.  As always, the idea is also to enjoy the bush and take you time.

A fully safety briefing will be given at the start of the day on what is required, and of course the legendary BBQ and a cuppa will be going at the end of the day. 

Work days are as follows:

·         Sunday 4th October: pre-feed 

·         Sunday 11th October: pre-feed

·         Sunday 18th October: bait 

Of course if you can only help on one weekend that will be fine.

For all work days we will meet at the shelter at Otanewainuku shelter at 9am.  If you are able to come along and help, can you please email me so I can ensure we have enough people to complete the work. chair@kiwitrust.org 

If you have any queries or need any further information please let me know.

Many thanks

Peter Crane  027 491 2424

chair@kiwitrust.org

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