Call For Predator Control Volunteers – Bring Back The Birds To Auckland Parks

Animal pests (rodents and possums) compete with native birds for food and raid their nests for chicks and eggs. They also feed on a wide range of native plants, lizards and invertebrates. Your parks need your help to prevent this destruction. Conservation Volunteers New Zealand in partnership with Auckland Council are now looking for volunteers to join our predator control programme in Auckland parks. Once trained, you’ll adopt your own forest track, walking for approximately one and a half hours through native bush, baiting and resetting traps and recording the catches you make. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of 12 months, be comfortable volunteering alone in forested areas and handling rodent and possum carcasses. You should also live or work locally to the pest control area. We run two training sessions, each at a different park. You only need to attend one of these sessions.

If you would like to get involved, but do not live near the training site you can complete the training, then, at a later date we (or one of the existing volunteers) would meet you at the park of your choice to familiarise you with the network.

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Upcoming Training Dates:

We will run two training sessions.  Please note you only need to attend one of these:

Saturday 11th February 2017.

9am – 11.30am – Roy Clements Treeway, Mt. Albert

1.30pm – 4pm – St. John Bush Reserve, St. Johns

While we are looking to boost volunteer numbers at both of these parks we also welcome new members to the other parks in which predator control is taking place. Here is a complete list of those parks:

Alberon Reserve in Parnell, Auckland Domain, Churchill Park in Glendowie, Eric Armishaw Reserve in Pt Chev, Kepa Bush in Kohimarama, Lemington Reserve in Westmere, Manukau Coastal Reserves network, Maungawhau (Mt Eden), Newmarket Park, Roy Clements Treeway in Mt Albert, Tahuna Torea in Glendowie, Selwyn Bush in Kohimarama, St Johns Bush in St Johns, Waiatarua Reserve in Remuera, Wai-O-Taiki Nature Reserve in Glen Innes and Oakley Creek in Mt. Albert.

If you are still interested in being involved, please contact the Auckland office on 0800 567686 or [email protected]