Friends of Rotoiti have been prominent in the media this month. Maggie Barry, the Minister of Conservation, visited St Arnaud. Interest was centred on the wasp control programme.
FOR shared a tent with DOC at the Antique and Classic Boat Show on 4 and 5 March.
There was a colourful and interesting display to offer a diversion from boats.
Great Spotted Kiwi featured in thge display. This is because we have had some GOOD NEWS.
FOR have been successful with our application to the DOC Community Fund for our proposed Great Spotted Kiwi Project.
Training for people who wish to be involved with the kiwi project will start soon - so please contact us if you would like to be involved.
Whisky Line - Russell Chilton 12 March
Russell, Wayne and visitor Peter cleared and rebaited the line. Catches were 5 rats, 5 hedgehogs, 1 stoat, 1 cat, 1 ferret and 1 possum.
Tophouse Line - Chris Richards 28 March
Chris and Jean checked the line and cleared 1 stoat.
Feral Cats - March totals 12 cats, one hedgehog
Extra Help - Wayne Sowman
Thursday and Friday (24,25 March) have been busy. Neil Moon, a FOR supporter was given two days to work as a volunteer from the company he works for (Z Energy). He chose to help FOR.
On Thursday Nik took Neil and I up to Coldwater to check the Whisky trap line.It was great to see so many fantails. Catches for the day; 4 possums, 2 rats, 2 hedgehogs, 2 mice.
On Friday Drew joined us and we put in a wasp bait station line from the Mt Robert car park up to the end of the Speargrass trap line and then across the river for about 500 meters.