This weekend clearance was done in three bites, with Warwick and Drew clearing and re-baiting cat traps on the 5th, at the same time clearing traps.My daughter's partner Shane and I added another 18 mice excluders to traps along the road, on the 7th, and cleared traps up to 67.
I have also previously installed another 18 traps up the ski-field road from the gate.
On Sunday 8th we finished clearing all the rest of the traps, this time helped by Shane and my son David.
We have purchased some more netting today to make more mouse excluders as they definitely are working very well. We had to re-bait most of the traps without them.
Wasps are showing up all along the line, especially on the flat. There are nests close to some of the traps. I have been dropping the dead stoats within a meter of the trap as possible lure to others - interesting if it works.
As it was a bait change day, five of us 4 Friends of Rotoiti volunteers and 1 visitor used two trucks to do clearance and rebaiting.It was a fine day which made for a very pleasant days work with like minded volunteers. Drew brought his grass weed eater along and cleared the long grass around some of the traps, which makes it far easier to see if the traps have tripped.
On the Friday 13th I installed 22 mouse excluders in Rough Creek to 94, and another 7 coming down from the skiifield.Thanks Peter for your help making them. These excluders seem to be working very well. Wasp numbers are increasing and eating protein i.e. the dead stoats, in certain places.
It seems like are stoat catch numbers are abating, thank goodness. with 8 caught over the Friday and Saturday.