Pest Animals

Around Wairarapa Moana, introduced pest animals are having a negative impact on native birds and other native species that use the wetlands as their home.   

Birds such as Australasian bittern, Marsh crake and Fernbird are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of predators. The predator risk to these species is highest when the birds are nesting and feeding fledglings during breeding season.  Shore and wading birds are also at risk from animal predators throughout the year.

To counter this threat and to optimise their breeding success, sustained predator trapping programmes need to be planned. They need to be implemented before and during the period of nesting and fledging.

What are GWRC and DOC doing?
Work is currently underway at Mathews Lagoon, Boggy Pond and Wairio Wetlands to establish a long term predator trapping program. Also, some farm land adjacent to the wetlands will be included into the operational area to create a buffer zone whereby predators can be targeted before they enter the wetlands.

A predator trapping operation has been established at Pounui Lagoon with cats, stoats, weasels and ferrets trapped there.

Stoat in Fenn Trap Traps in place Ferret

What can you do?

Help to reduce the numbers of feral cats in the environment by not dumping the family pet when it is no longer wanted. Feral cats can be overlooked as a serious predator with the spotlight often on mustelids as the prime culprit.

What else can you do?

Contact Department of Conservation, Greater Wellington Regional Council or Ducks Unlimited if you are willing to assist with volunteer predator control operations at Wairarapa Moana. You can do this by contacting us via this website.

Did you know?

Feral cats are far and away the most common predator in our environment, next to hedgehogs. They are a hardy animal having larger body weights in comparison to the three mustelid species (ferrets, stoats and weasels). Cats are avid climbers so don’t just hunt on the ground. They require more food to sustain themselves than mustelids. Cats can have large litters of kittens.  They are also capable of living in extremes of the environment.    

Content on this page was last updated: 19/07/2017 9:50am