Beer Trap – the final result

The Beer Trap campaign was a great success; many rats, hedgehogs and mice have been eradicated.  We were able to reach a wide range of audiences and captured the interest of international media. On our last night of the campaign we meet up with students from Victoria University’s Science Society Department, where we celebrated and chatted to them about their … Read More

Otis and Rubi – Safe and Sound

This fantastic Kiwi cat lover has installed a Gallagher fence to keep her cats (Otis and Rubi) on her property. The cats and native wildlife are safe, and the neighbours are happy – everybody wins! Cat fences and enclosures such as this are popular in Australia and North America. OTIS and RUBI Safe and sound from Gareth Morgan on Vimeo.

HOW TO PLANT A TREE

Soak plant, bag and all, in a large bucket of water until bubbles stop. ( I soak plant at bottom of hill , filling bucket from the tap of the house near the entrance, then carry plant up in supermarket bag.) Remove from bucket and allow to drain. Choose site carefully ie suitable for the species and not too close … Read More

Bells’ Track May 2014 Update

Tena koutou katoa The native plants have arrived for this year’s planting so plenty of volunteer help will be needed.  If you know of anyone able to help please ask them to get in touch with me or turn up on the dates listed below.   This coming weekend is Queens Birthday so I have deferred the regular working bee to … Read More

Living with Toxoplasmosis

After the article on toxoplasmosis in the Sunday Star Times: Cats Will Damage Your Mind; we talked to a victim of the disease Geraldine Kawabe, about her experiences.

‘Eradicat’ discussion – SBS television in Australia

  It was refreshing to participate in such an enlightened discussion on the responsibilities of cat owners as was conceited by SBS television in Australia. This hour long studio audience presented all the points of view but by far the most encouraging thing for me was the responsible attitude taken by the various cat caring organisations including Australia’s SPCA. It … Read More

Lunchtime forum: the future of predator control

Widescale predator control for a predator free NZ Come and hear Phil Bell of DoC talk about his team’s work investigating “the future of predator control”. Phil’s team are working closely with the Morgan Foundation on a predator free stewart island as well as investigating the concept of Eliminate and Defend on large pieces of land.This will be of interest … Read More

Wellington Restoration Day 2014

  Date: Saturday, 17 May, 2014 Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Restoration Day 2014 “Connecting with Nature”. Take part of this year’s amazing line-up of workshops. The workshops will address methods for connecting different aspects of your restoration project. There will also be an invertebrate focus, including a keynote address from Ruud Kleinpaste and a lunchtime weta talk with George … Read More

Update from Bells’ Track

Tena koutou katoa It had been rather dry but now we can, after the recent rains, say the opposite   Reasonable temperatures are promoting autumn growth.   From now on will be the beginning of our planting season and we will need extra help so if you know of anyone keen to help please put them in touch with me.  Stan, our … Read More

Rats & Mice

Our recent cat camera survey has rekindled the debate on wandering cats, and the risks they pose by killing native wildlife and spreading disease, let alone to themselves. The response from some was to express concern about that old chestnut – that managing domestic cats might let loose a plague of rodents. This response is typical of hard core cat … Read More