The beasts of Karioitahi

Karioitahi was largely cleared of natural habitat in the late 20th century to make way for our agricultural land, fortunately some pockets still coexist, and replanting of unproductive areas is now taking place. These small pockets are very much capable of supporting our celebrated endemic species, along with our game birds and a few fallow […]

Trail Cameras: The Unsung Heroes in Pest Control

Trail cameras are a piece of arsenal in the pest control kit that aren’t as widely used as they could be. Despite not actively trapping pests, they help identify target species and locations for more efficient trapping. Cameras also indicate the presence of species to avoid catching, such as domestic cats or pukeko who often […]

Raising an Eco-kid

As an initial disclaimer, I do not claim to be a parent. I do claim to be a ‘grown-up’ eco-kid. The following are things I experienced during my childhood that directly influence my actions and decisions as an adult. I was raised to be aware of my surroundings, to respect the Earth which we borrow […]

Ruru’s about

A few of us carried out 5 ruru/morepork surveys in the early evenings last month. We had a great turnout for the Patumahoe / Henry’s Bush walk and enclosed are some of the ruru team. The ruru were not quite so plentiful with only 1 being heard. We had a great evening walk with a […]

How to pulse your rat bait

You’ll get the best results from rat bait stations if you “pulse” your baiting. That is, only put out bait at specific times of the year. This is especially important when using modern baits such as Brodifacoum and Bromadialone, as they have a delayed action. This means that a rat that has eaten enough bait […]