OSPRI New Zealand Limited who runs the TBfree programme has been carrying out possum control in the hill country west of Ravensbourne, St Leonards and Pt Chalmers since Spring 2016. The TBfree possum control is of benefit to DCC and the community as it deals with a pest that impacts on forest health and wildlife. Possums are known predators of birds (nests and young), including tui, bellbird, kereru and fantail. Signal Hill has already been targeted for possums prior to Christmas but further possum control is required. The contractor “Contract Wild Animal Control” will start their work at Signal Hill on Monday the 13 of March. Traps will be placed at least 70cm above the ground, 20m or more from the walking tracks. Feratox bags will be placed on trees throughout the area, 20m or more from tracks. The operation is signposted on access tracks throughout the Signal Hill area. The operation will last several weeks. Visitors should keep their dogs on the lead at all times.
The same operator will also carry out a possum control operation at Mt Cargill Scenic Reserve and Bethunes Gully, starting from the same date (13 March 2017). These DCC reserves contain important and unique forest areas. The TBfree possum control will have much benefit for forest health and biodiversity. The possum traps will be placed raised (>70cm above the ground) from 20 – 40m from the walking tracks and can be placed on the ground >40m from the tracks (traps that are placed on the ground catch 50% more possums than when placed above ground). Feratox bags will be placed on trees >20m from tracks throughout the areas. Visitors should keep their dogs on the lead at all times.
For all questions and further information please contact the contractor at 0274319906 or contact OSPRI New Zealand Limited on 03 477 9829