Eastern Northland is better off without 100,000 animal pests that have been removed in the past three years along Northland’s “Kiwi Coast”.
The Kiwi Coast is a collaborative initiative that supports and links over 60 community, agency and iwi-led projects in eastern Northland to create New Zealand’s first modern day kiwi corridor.
Individually the pest totals from 2013 – 2015 included: 47,054 possums;45,278 rats; 6,242 hedgehogs; 2,384 stoats; 1,636 weasels; 3,584 wild rabbits; 1,623 feral cats; 291 feral pigs; 281 magpies; 4,586 mynas and seven ferrets.
More than just impressive numbers, these are the real results recorded from actual trap checks and the data then collated from all the groups involved. The shared pest results represent thousands of hours of trap checking each year by a mix of unpaid and professional trappers working hard to reduce animal pests so native wildlife can thrive.
In 2015 alone, a total of 52,091 animal pests were trapped, meaning that every week over 1000 pests are being destroyed on the Kiwi Coast.
Kiwi Coast Coordinator Ngaire Tyson says these results are minimums of the actual numbers of pests destroyed as many groups also use poison baits, and pests eradicated this way are not included.
Over 60 groups and projects along Northland’s east coast from Whangarei Heads to Hihi are now involved in the Kiwi Coast.
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