Animal Pest Control Strategy
Draft 21 September 16
To increase the quantity and diversity of local native flora and fauna.
The Drayton Reserve Volunteers undertake work in Drayton Reserve for the Christchurch City Council with the support of the Mt Pleasant and Redcliffs Residents Associations.
We will target introduced pests known to be in our locality and known to eat or damage native plants or birds or their eggs or reptiles or insects. These include possums, mustelids (stoats, ferrets, weasels), rodents (rats & mice) and hedgehogs.
We will encourage local residents to be involved, especially those adjoining or near the Reserve who could install their own traps (especially rat traps) which would provide a wider coverage than just the Reserve. Residents who want to help check traps in the Reserve can be on a roster to share the workload.
This will be a priority. Signs will be placed at Reserve entrances to warn visitors that there are pest traps operating in the area and not to touch them. Traps will be made as inconspicuous as possible. Volunteers will be trained on how to set traps and release and dispose of dead pests. No poisons will be used and most traps will be “sudden kill” traps. We will use best practice methods.
A “KBL Tunnel” trap will be used for mustelids. There will be only one at this stage, near the middle of the Reserve, out of sight. This will be checked every few days and any dead mustelid will be buried near the site and rocks will be placed on top to deter dogs or possums or rats from digging.
“Sentinel” traps will be used for possums. These have been supplied by Council and will be installed high on tree trunks at 100m intervals along the valley floor and checked every other day. Dead possums will be buried near the trap sites as detailed above.
Common “snap” traps will be used for rats. These are yet to be acquired and will be installed in “tunnels” at 50m intervals along the valley floor. They will be checked every few days and dead rats will be buried as detailed above.
We will record the date and location of all pests killed and hope to see a gradual reduction in numbers over time until a very low annual kill can be maintained. We will also undertake bird counts annually and hope to see a gradual increase. Damaged and dead trees and locations will also be monitored to identify causes and remediation required. We will review the effectiveness of this strategy annually.