Marine Village gets behind pest free programme

Residents of Gulf Harbour Marine Village are the latest to become part of the Pest Free Peninsula project. From left, Forest & Bird volunteer Paul Wilkinson, Gulf Harbour Marine Village Residents’ Association facilities manager Steve Law and Forest & Bird’s Pauline Smith.

A long line of bait stations was set out around Gulf Harbour Marine Village this month as part of the Pest Free Peninsula project.

Project coordinator Jenny Hanwell and Forest & Bird volunteers Pauline Smith and Paul Wilkinson spent a day setting out control stations with facilities manager for the marine village, Steve Law.

It is hoped that the waterside location will be key not only in controlling rats and mice in the area, but also in preventing animal pests from accessing boats and reaching nearby pest free islands.

Steve says the Gulf Harbour Marine Village Residents Association joined the Forest and Bird-coordinated project to establish a new plan to deal with rats and mice across the 270 household community.

“The organisation is happy to be able to draw on the expertise of Forest and Bird to help with our rodent control programme,” he says. “Our members love the Gulf Islands but realise that our boats can be the perfect entry vehicle for pests. We are aiming to make our area pest free which will also help protect the Hauraki Gulf.”

Jenny Hanwell says volunteers are hoping to continue this work through the surrounding area.


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