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ALEXIA.JOHNSTON

@alliedpress.co.nz

Native wildlife will have a greater chance of survival in Clyde thanks to a group of youngsters and their DIY skills.

Children at Clyde Primary School spent last week building wooden predator traps as part of an Enviroschools activity and Education Outside the Classroom Week.

Parents and teachers assisted the children as they drove screws into planks of wood to create the predator boxes at the school last Thursday morning.

Among those on hand was Enviroschools facilitator Anna Robinson.

She said the trapping box project was part of a bigger community effort to make Clyde predator free.

 

 

“So we have 65 trapping boxes with modified rat traps going out into the Clyde community today as a result of the kids’ awesome efforts here.”

The children have completed monitoring over the past couple of years to determine the extent of the predator problem within the Clyde area, she said.

“They’ve used monitoring tunnels around the school, and at a specific planting site that they work at, they’ve discovered that there’s quite a few predators around and the kids are wanting to enhance the wildlife that’s here, that they love to see.

“In particular, this started with looking at their skinks and their geckos. But also more recently, they’ve been looking at the native birds around the school.”

Their research found bellbirds, fantails and tui were among the birds that made regular appearances around the school’s playground.

“They want to help enhance that, so by doing that they have thought about the predators that are around, that are present in and around Clyde and they want to have a go at eliminating those.”

Those predators include rats, ferrets, stoats and weasels.

Their newly crafted traps are designed to capture those four species.