Predator traps built and set around Clyde

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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Rats, stoats and weasels are more likely to run into trouble thanks to the growing number of predator traps placed around Clyde.

Sixty-five of the traps were built by pupils and adults at Clyde Primary School two weeks ago and have since been distributed throughout private backyards.

A mouse was caught in a trap just days after the school’s working bee and those behind the initiative hope many more predators are caught, so the town’s native wildlife can thrive.

Central Otago Reap community sustainability facilitator Abi Hawkins said to do that, more people were needed to help keep the project going.

People were needed for a variety of roles, including sourcing and measuring wood and wire mesh.

Help was also needed by people who could build the traps and who were happy to have one of the traps placed in their private backyard.

All traps were required to go on private land, not public land, due to a deal the initiative has with Kiwibank.

“And it has to be a household property, not a lifestyle block,” Ms Hawkins said.

“We just want a core group of interested people, even if there were only five .. that would be great to get it up and running. But five to 20 would be really good.”

It would be good if one person per street within the Clyde boundary was involved.

If someone was not keen on having a box on their property, they might be able to strike up a deal with a neighbour, she said.

People engaged so far were excited about their involvement, particularly children.

“It’s a really nice thing and they feel they can be doing some good in the world. They’ve got that [sense of] pride that it’s going to be our native birds that they are going to be protecting.”

To learn more about how you can help, contact the team at Central Otago Reap on (03) 448-6115.