Lincoln Envirotown Trust

Taking responsibility for a sustainable future.

 

Pest Management

Since human settlement, the introduction of mammalian predators to New Zealand has seen many native species become extinct. Cats, mustelids (stoats, weasels and ferrets), rodents, possums and hedgehogs are well established throughout the Canterbury plains, including Lincoln Township. These species eat eggs, young, and adult birds as well as invertebrate and lizards.

For native species to re-colonise and survive in restored areas such as Mahoe Reserve, we must provide protection from these predators. Tracking tunnels (below) can be used to monitor the presence of predators within the reserve. These have an ink pad in the middle and blank cardboard at each end. They are baited with peanut butter to attract the predators, which walk across the ink and leave their prints behind.

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Tracking tunnel and ink pad used to monitoring and examples of prints found (right)

 

If evidence suggests that there is a risk to the native flora or fauna, then appropriate methods will be used to reduce predator populations to a low or undetectable level. Small traps that exclude other animals would be used for mice, rats and stoats. Hedgehogs and possums can be caught in live capture traps and moved to another location away from the Reserve.

 

Cats are known to eat insects, lizards, and birds, and in urban environments such as Lincoln Township, domestic cats may prey on fauna within the reserve. However, as we know, cats also eat rats and mice, so having them in the neighbourhood may assist us in our pest control efforts. Cat owners need not be concerned as NO TRAPS will be used that target cats. 

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Due to its proximity to Lincoln Township and schools, NO ANIMAL POISONS will be used inside Mahoe Reserve.

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