Due to a warm summer which resulted in heavy seeding of our native plants, this year has seen an increase in rat numbers in many residential areas around Auckland, Greenhithe included. To keep on top of the rats in our area we need more people to become involved in trapping, particularly if you live near reserve areas or around the foreshore.
If you would like a trap for your backyard or would like to help manage a trap line in a reserve please contact us. We can help set you up.
If you trap for pests on your property there are several options for recording your data and/or getting reminders to reset your traps. One option is to sign up to the Urban Rat Project which can send you weekly or ‘pulsing’ reminders to check your trap and provide notifications on what is happening in your neighbourhood.
Another option is to download the Ecotrack App and once signed up, you can enter information about your trapping activities. You can also enter other information on conservation activities you may be undertaken on your land (such as pest plant control).
For those who follow the Auckland Council ‘Pulse’ guidelines, you should be undergoing the August pulse.
Weed of the Month
There are two species of privet – Chinese privet and tree privet. Privet is a declared pest plant by Auckland Council. It is fast growing and quickly displaces native trees, dominating in forests. During spring they produce hundreds of flowers which cause respiratory problems for many people. The leaves and seeds are poisonous. The berry like blue/purple seeds are dispersed by birds.
It is often found alongside roads, in backyards and coastal forests. It is found throughout Greenhithe and down at Wainoni Park. Friends of Wainoni Park are constantly removing seedlings and small privet trees. If you see this plant in your garden, pull out any seedlings before they get too big. Alternatively cut them down to prevent the seeds being dispersed by birds. For more information on controlling this plant go to the Auckland Council Pest Plant website. Images above are from the Auckland Council Pest Plant website.
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