My purpose is to…
- We own 100 acres of untamed bush block. It is the only block between Banks Peninsula and Kaikoura that goes all the way down to the sea.
- For my Passion Project, my goal is to decrease the number of pests at La Petite Carenage, in Banks Peninsula, and by doing that increase the number of native birds.
- Eradicating pests is becoming a massive project in New Zealand.
Research I have done…
- I found out that a couple of devices I can use to identify the species at the bush block are; Tracking Tunnels and Wax Tags.
- Tracking Tunnels are a fifty centimetre long plastic rectangle tunnel that you nail into the ground. Inside the tracking tunnel, there is a white pad that you put ink on and pests walk through and you can see their footprints, helping you identify species.
- Wax tags are a tag that you nail into the tree about 30 centimetres up the trunk. At the bottom of the tag there is a little cap that has Peanut Butter and wax mixed into each other to form a hard, but tasty treat. The pests then bite into the cap and leave teeth marks. The teeth marks help you identify the species as well.
- I have also researched about how I can trap pests. I found out that ‘Good Nature’ traps are the best and most humane way of trapping pests. These traps are also great because they automatically reset themselves!
Next Steps:My next steps are to set up the motion detecting cameras that I bought to get some video recordings of pests running into the traps and exploring through them. I also need to do some more five minute bird counts which tells me how many birds I have and which species I have. Another thing that I have to do is go and have a look and clear all of the traps.