Halo Project Update – Trapping workshops

Many people in the Halo Project communities are keen to get stuck in, working as part of a collective effort to target invasive pests.  

One key objective of the Halo project is to support individuals and community groups wanting to protect their local treasures.  For some people this might mean helping the expanding populations of the South Island robin and the kaka, now being seen outside of the Orokonui Ecosanctuary fence, seeking habitat as their populations increase. 

By equipping people with the tools and training necessary to ensure that our collective efforts have maximum impact, we hope to achieve what none could achieve on their own: unified, sustainable pest control from the coast to the cloud forest.

To get things rolling we are holding three workshops for people who want to learn more about how to monitor for pests, and how then to trap them in a safe and humane way.  Supported by OSPRI and the DCC, these workshops will guide people through the different trapping techniques needed to target possums, mustelids (ferrets, stoats and weasels) and rats.  We will cover best practice (techniques to increase the likelihood of success), monitoring methods, data collection, and health and safety.  

e will also be using these workshops to develop community networks, linking people who want to work together to care for their local patch.  We will also provide a quick update about the Halo Project.

The workshops are being held at:

  • 13th August, 2pm-5pm at Orokonui Ecosanctuary (600 Blueskin Rd, Waitati)  

  • 20th August, 2pm-5pm at Kati Huirapa, Karitane (at the old school, 121 Grimness Street)

  • 27th August, 2pm-5pm at Pioneer Hall (35 George St, Port Chalmers)              

Please RSVP to landscapeconnectionstrust@gmail.com  so that we can bring adequate resources, including tea and biscuits.