Controlling introduced pests to protect our wildlife

Our conservation and pest control work is many and varied, and continues all year.

  • 300 hectares of rat control around the village of St Arnaud

  • 40km of stoat trap lines in and around Nelson Lakes National Park

  • long term stoat bait trials

  • monitoring 40 possum traps

  • trapping of feral cats using live capture cages

  • conducting wasp bait trials

  • seasonal wasp control

  • monitoring of lizard populations

  • monitoring of robin populations

  • building and maintaining the hundreds of stoat and rat trap boxes required


Roster co-ordinators look after the rat trapping and various stoat trapping lines, with regular bait changes and trap checks occurring during the year. Volunteers can choose how much or how little they are involved, from almost weekly to a few times a year.


Our volunteers are local residents or members who travel from Nelson or Blenheim (one hour drive each way) to monitor trap lines, attend training meetings and carry out trap box maintenance and/or construction. Many of our original members are still very active in the group. If you are interested in helping in the war against introduced pests, we would love to hear from you.

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