A library with a difference will be set up in Havelock to help wipe out predator pests.
The Havelock Bird Song – Waiata Manu group wants to help make the town predator free by starting a trap library.
Residents can borrow traps and record catches for inclusion in a national database.
Member Sandra Currie says making sure the township is predator free by 2050 is the group’s long-term goal.
“The aim of our group is to create a predator free township in which our native species can flourish and so we all get to see and hear more native birds and bird song,” she says.
When Sandra moved from Pelorus to Havelock two years ago, she was struck by the lack of bird song.
Determined to do something about it, she canvassed residents and set up the group.
They plan to start targeting rats before moving on to other species such as possums, stoats, weasels and ferrets.
Havelock Menzshed are making 100 traps in total to get the lending library underway, with 35 ready to go.
Sandra says that ultimately the group would like to see monitored traps all along the estuary and the marina and in the Lawrence St hillside area.
But practice needs to come first, she says.
“To achieve this, we need to get very good at what we are doing, and we need to get as much community support as we can.
“By starting small we hope to get a lot of local residents involved and are really in need of more support.
“This is something I’m passionate about and we’re excited to get started.
“I’m really looking forward to it and want to get people and interested and want to get people to help,” she says.
The initiative is being supported by The Havelock Lions Club who donated $400 which will be put towards traps and tunnels.
Charitable community support group Havelock 20/20 will oversee administration for the pilot project.
Volunteers are on hand to empty traps if needed.
To borrow a trap contact [email protected] or call 027 229 2486.