An interesting experiment at Opua

rat-trap-box-up-tree-lenox-tuturiwhatu-is-his-nickname-shifted
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 youtube.com/watch?v=7DbCAFGQ-FU

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s