Making Miramar Peninsula predator free is the first stage of our wider plan to make Wellington the world’s fist predator free capital city.
Why are we doing this?
Our goal is to make Miramar Peninsula a safe place for our tui, kererū, kākā, kākāriki, geckos and other native animals. A safe place for native animals is free of pest animals such as rats, possums, stoats and weasels.
The Miramar community has already proven this can happen when possums were eradicated. We’re also building on 20 years of strong conservation and trapping expertise in Wellington.
This will be the first stage of our wider plan to make the whole of Wellington city predator free. It’s important that this is a success, so we can end ongoing pest control and provide a safe place for all our native wildlife to live.
How are we going to do this?
Becoming predator free is a team effort and we need the community to work with us to achieve our goal of being predator free by the end of 2019.
The method will be similar to what we used to become possum free. We’ll be using bait stations and trapping. There will be a virtual barrier near the airport to stop these predators coming back on to the Peninsula.
Bait stations and traps will be on private property, in bush reserves, parks, coastal and commercial areas. In our final stage, we will be using sniffer dogs to hunt out any last predators.
We will also be monitoring for new species turning up – including kākā, kākāriki, kārearea, and raukawa geckos.
January-June – our team are out in the community, seeking permission to have traps and bait stations on private property.
July – start of operation, weekly bait station and traps checks
December – we plan to get every last rat, stoat and weasel. We’ll be monitoring native wildlife.
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