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Predators and invasive species beware! NZ Landcare Trust/Ngā Matapopori Whenua is holding Coromandel Peninsula’s first community predator control & conservation “Pestival”.

The Boosting Biodiversity Pestival, to be held on Thursday 19 October at the Thames Coromandel Civic Centre, will provide the latest information, advice, and traps to encourage new and existing community trapping groups in the Hauraki-Coromandel area.

“The Hauraki-Coromandel area is a jewel of New Zealand, but we need to take care of it. On the edge of Thames and other towns we have quite low numbers of native birds and high numbers of rats, mustelids and possums. We’ve had feedback from a range of individuals and neighbourhood groups that they are eager to start backyard trapping but needed support. This Pestival is a way to kickstart the process,” says NZ Landcare Trust Catchments Coordinator Ric Balfour.

“The Boosting Biodiversity Pestival will be a fun event to demystify predator management and trapping and provide support and advice on how to get started. It will be an opportunity to learn about traps, baits, lures, monitoring, recording (TrapNZ), and sharing successes.  Our goal is to help establish Predator Free groups that support and grow the network of backyard trappers.”

NZ Landcare Trust, the Thames Community Centre, DOC, and Thames Coast Kiwi Care (TCKC) and PF Hauraki Coromandel Community Trust (PFHCCT) are supporting the event to inspire more residents to get involved in trapping and gain advice on best practice.

Event details:

Boosting Biodiversity Pestival
Thursday 19 October
Thames Memorial Civic Centre, 200 Mary Street, Thames.