Rainbow Line - Russell Chilton
Myself, Wayne, and Kevin cleared the Rainbow Valley and skiifield road traps on Sunday 28th May We also collected up another truck load of traps off the skiifield road ready for the winter. Weather conditions were great throughout the day.
There was sound of bird life (especially Tuis and Bellbirds) all up the valley: hopefully this is because of the trapping we have done and the wasp control that Drew and Warwick have done for Rainbow Station.
Our catches were; possums 5, hedgehogs 2, rats 4, stoats 1
Looks like the stoat numbers have really come down at the moment in line with other years.
From now on, throughout the winter months we are will doing complete bait changes on all clearances of traps on roster dates with erayze in the DoC 250's please, bait is in the freezer in workshop.
Feral Cats - Chris Richards
Feral cats reported trapped in May as follows.
Tophouse Road 6
Big Bush 5
Additional stats from Big Bush since January 12
Total + late stats 32
Total catch to date for 2016/2017 (July 1 – June 30)
Feral cats 114
Rainbow Line - Wayne Sowman
Wayne and Sim checked the Rainbow line on Saturday 24th, weather cool.
The Ski field road was good so checked all possum traps and rebaited and also brought the last of the traps down to the gate.
Catches for the day 3 possums, 2 rats.
First time that I can remember that we have not caught anything in the Valley in the run throughs and baited traps.
Whisky Line - Wayne Sowman
Checked Whisky trap line on 20th June. Emma took Wayne, Iain and Dianna up to Coldwater.Cool morning but beautiful and sunny outside Coldwater Hut so Dianna thought it would be a good idea to have a coffee before we started the line check.What a great start to a very enjoyable day.
Rebaited all stoat, possum and cat traps. Catches for the day 7 rats,4 possums. Bush robin at Coldwater Hut and at trap 66. Fantails entertained us at Whisky falls
Next dates for kiwi monitoring are below. For people who have done they training they are welcome to just come in get the gear and go out by themselves, or if they want a refresher someone can give that or if they need a full training session that cool as well.
- July 6th
- July 20th
- August 3rd
- August 17th
- August 31st
I’m on duty weekend of 12/13 August so I could do a weekend training session if people were interested. If you let me know any dates people want to attend.