Trapping predators and pests, and monitoring the environment to see the effects of predator control, is vital for kiwi conservation.
Want to learn more about predator control or get involved in pest trapping? There are lots of free resources available to support predator control work that can help save kiwi, and get us close to a predator free NZ.
Predator control, pest trapping and monitoring resources
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- Predator control information pack
- DOC Skillable Video Library
- How to protect kauri while trapping
- Ship rat, stoat and possum control on mainland New Zealand
- Northland predator trapping guidelines
- Pest fencing or pest trapping
- How to avoid kiwi when trapping and poisoning animal pests
- Forest monitoring
- Pest Detective
- Biodiversity Inventory and Monitoring Toolbox
- Tracking tunnel monitoring guidelines
- Humane kill traps
- Controlling mustelids for conservation in New Zealand
- Pig trap designs
- Pest control equipment suppliers
- Forms and templates for community predator control projects
- Managing animal pests on DOC managed land
- Other links that may be useful
Predator control information pack
The Predator Control Information Pack produced by Wendy Sporle contains some basic and vital information about kiwi, the threats they face and how you can reduce those threats.
DOC Skillable Video Library
The Department of Conservation Skillable YouTube channel has a range of training videos related to pest trapping and predator control, where you can learn everything from setting a DOC 200 trap to using a data logger.
How to protect kauri while pest trapping
MPI has some simple steps you can take to help stop the spread of kauri dieback disease while you are out trapping predators and pests.
Ship rat, stoat and possum control on mainland New Zealand
Published in 2015 this document is an overview of mainland control efforts of ship rats, stoats and possums – the most significant predators in the mainland forests of New Zealand.
Northland predator trapping guidelines
This document contains information on how to safely use traps and toxins to control animal pests in kiwi areas. The information has been compiled by Ngaire Tyson, Northland Biodiversity Coordinator for the NZ Landcare Trust. The booklet is updated each year with fresh information from workshops and the latest products from pest control suppliers.
Download the Northland trapper notes
Pest fencing or pest trapping?
An article by Kate Guthrie on the Predator Free NZ website examines the best predator control options, referencing a 2014 study by DOC and Landcare titled: Pest fencing or pest trapping: A bio-economic analysis of cost-effectiveness.
How to avoid kiwi when trapping and poisoning animal pests
Controlling possum populations is important for the health of our forests and the long term survival of their native inhabitants. Kiwis for kiwi and the Department of Conservation compiled this document as a guide on how you can safely use traps and poison in kiwi habitat.
A forest monitoring assessment kit (FORMAK) has been designed for landowners, landcare groups and community groups. It is aimed at people with an interest in the condition of native forest ecosystems, but not much time available. The measurements are relatively easy to use, and require around 5 days per year for 1–2 people.
FORMAK was developed by PA Handford & Associates Ltd, with support from the Sustainable Management Fund, administered by the Ministry for the Environment. Support was also provided by the NZ Landcare Trust, QEII National Trust, and several regional and district councils.
The Pest Detective website helps people identify the presence of pest animals. It shows the typical field sign of New Zealand’s pest animals with many photos of droppings, paw prints, kill sign, vegetation damage and other sign. Users can narrow down the possibilities by searching under ‘clues’ or ‘culprits’. It is hosted by Bionet NZ.
Biodiversity Inventory and Monitoring Toolbox
The Biodiversity Inventory and Monitoring Toolbox describes a selection of standardised methods for sampling populations of species.
Tracking tunnel monitoring guidelines
The DOC tracking tunnel guide describes how to use tracking tunnels to monitor rodents and mustelids.
Humane kill traps
Landcare Research has tested some of the kill traps that are available in New Zealand for pest control to determine which ones meet the National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) standards as humane kill traps (see www.landcareresearch.co.nz).
There are three types of humane kill traps developed by the Department of Conservation and Philip Waddington – the DOC 150, 200 and 250. The DOC 150 and 200 target stoats, rats and hedgehogs, while the DOC 250 also kills ferrets. The site includes information about the target animals, advice on using the traps and details of where to buy them.
Please be aware there are imitation traps that look like the DOC 200 available. These copied traps have not passed NAWAC, are not DOC 200s and cannot be used on Public Conservation land.
The Goodnature Ltd. A12 self-resetting trap for possums and the A24 for rats and stoats have also passed the NAWAC standards for the target pests. Steve Allans’ SA2 Kat trap has passed humane kill standard for trapping cats carried out by Landcare Research (see A12 Humane Evaluation – Possums.pdf, A24 Humane Evaluation Rats.pdf, A24 Humane Evaluation – Stoats.pdf and SA2 Kat trap report).
Controlling mustelids for conservation in New Zealand
A 2007 presentation about controlling mustelids, by Craig Gillies, of the Department of Conservation, is available to download. It covers why stoats, ferrets and weasels are such a problem for New Zealand native species, and the most effective way to trap each of them.
In 2009 Craig did another presentation called Beyond Stoats: Ferrets & Kiwi, which is available to download. The document looks at the biology and ecology of Ferrets, an outline of the problem, and management options & considerations.
At the 2016 National Kiwi in Nelson Craig talked about Controlling mustelids for kiwi protection – some things to consider, and provided a few updates to the information presented in his 2007 and 2009 talks.
Pest control equipment suppliers
Several companies supply animal pest control and monitoring equipment, here is an alphabetised list of some of these companies:
- Animal Control Products (Pestoff) in Wanganui, provides bait products to control a wide range of introduced vertebrate pests, including rabbits, wallabies, possums, rooks and feral ungulates. Outlets are listed on the site.
- Bell-Booth in Hamilton, supplies Pestoff pest control products.
- Connovation is an Auckland-based company that supplies a range of possum and rodent control baits, traps and stations, manufactures animal repellents and monitors pests.
- Goodnature Ltd. manufacture and sell the A12 self-resetting possum traps and the A24 self-resetting rat and stoat traps.
- Gotcha Traps Limited sells the Black Trakka™ forest tracking and monitoring system.
- Dead Rat snap traps for rats and mice imported by Grantley Imports
- Philproof Pest Control, in Hamilton, sells a range of baits and bait stations, traps and trap covers, and monitoring tunnels.
- Traps.co.nz by Pest Control Research, based in Canterbury, does research, develops technologies, supplies products and provides advice and support.
- Farm suppliers also often carry animal pest and predator control products, including traps, baits and bait stations. These can be found through the Yellow Pages.
- Regional councils also supply some products, including traps and lures. Links to their websites are available from Local Government New Zealand.
Forms and templates for community predator control projects
The following downloadable PDF forms have been developed so community predator control projects do not have to design their own field forms. Collecting and recording field information is important so pest trapping projects can review what has been done and also to provide information to funders.
- Bait station filling recording form
- Possum and rodent density monitoring – Basic form
- Tracking tunnel – Basic form
- Trapping data recording form
- Voluntary contribution records
Managing animal pests on DOC managed land
DOC has procedures to ensure its animal pest operations are effective, managed safely and meet all legal requirements. Most of these procedures also apply to pest control operations carried out by others on land managed by DOC.
This site provides access to DOC procedures for managing animal pests, to support people who are planning and carrying out pest control on land managed by DOC.
Other links that may be useful
The New Zealand Plant Conservation Network provides detailed information about animal pests in New Zealand.
Landcare Research has an online decision making system to help you decide what the most effective possum control method for your needs will be. It also includes information on best practices.
The Centre for Wildlife Management and Conservation have published their Research and Development Highlights for 2011 and platform for 2012. The Centre focuses research efforts and teaching to deliver the next generation of tools to better protect native animals and plants from mammalian pests, improve ways in which to conserve threatened species, and to better equip people to use and deliver these tools.