The Summit Road Society Board recently agreed that the Society can announce its resolve to work towards making the Port Hills a predator-free zone. This information is taken from their newsletter.
This is obviously a long-term goal, but much can be achieved now to remove predators like possums, stoats and rodents, so that our native birds and lizards can prosper. We are inviting the area’s community boards, all of which have similar aspirations, to join us in this project, together with any groups or individuals already carrying out animal pest control or wanting to get involved.
We will concentrate on the hill suburbs, especially on streets which border paddocks and bush, where wildlife potentially abounds.
We encourage residents to join us in whatever capacity they feel can best help achieve this goal.
Some residents might want to host traps. We would be happy to be invited to talk to neighbourhood groups to discuss our vision and to hear your views. If you are interested, please contact the Secretary.
This may be a very ambitious project, but there are now many other similar projects underway across the country.
Otago – A good example is the Otago Peninsula Biodiversity Group (OPBG) which was set up by the local community to “… facilitate the removal of animal pests on the Otago Peninsula (9,500 ha) to protect the area’s biodiversity, lifestyle, and economic values.” The group identified possums as the most controllable of the many animal pests on the Otago Peninsula, and are the primary focus of the OPBG in the first stages of working towards their vision: “A Pest Free Peninsula By 2050”.
To date, the community has caught around 8,500 possums. For more information on the Otago Peninsula project see: www.pestfreepeninsula.org.nz
Miramar – It is also worth looking at Te Motu Kairangi (Miramar Ecological Restoration) which has the same aspirations for the Miramar Peninsula, with a community-led project. Their website is: www.temotukairangi.co.nz/about-the-project/goalprogress-history
For other projects visit Predator-Free New Zealand