An interesting experiment at Opua

Lenox – from the Ngahere Toa kids club – shows how effective the ‘tree traps’ are.

It pays to question what you’re doing sometimes….

The Bush Bay Action group are doing great work in the Opua Forest getting rid of pests. One day while lugging traps into the bush a young helper (Reuben 7 yrs) told everyone that “ship rats are very good climbers”. He wanted to put one of his traps up a tree – they did and it caught rat after rat! They did a second trial with every other trap on a tree at chest height and found they caught more rats, were easier to set and lasted longer from being dryer.
It just goes to show that ship rats do spend a lot of time up trees, leaving the bush floor and waterways to the Norways.

See the delightful video of the Ngahere Toa group at

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