Welcome to Waima to Laingholm Pest Free

Have you noticed that there are fewer native birds, lizards and butterflies in our area? Why is the rich and flourishing wildlife disappearing from our neighbourhood?

Pests are taking charge!  Possums, rats and other pests and other predators are out of control in our area. Raiding nests and killing chicks, they are wiping out the biodiversity of this beautiful place. Instead of safe and healthy spaces, our homes and gardens are becoming ghettos for vermin.

The situation is very serious.

Our children here in the future may not hear the tui, see the fantail fluttering around, or see the big woodpigeons or silvery skinks around our houses, unless we all get involved. We have started already and have many keen supporters!

Native wildlife will bounce back with our help

If everyone is involved – whether actively or as supporters – we residents can safely and easily make the whole of Waima to Laingholm into a Pest Free Zone, clean up the neighbourhood and bring back the dawn chorus. Please join us and get involved.

Public Meeting - Laingholm 3pm Sunday

Kia ora all locals in the Waima to Langholm pest free (W2L) zone. Currently we have over 150 traps deployed in our area, but we want more, a lot more. Please join us this weekend, buy a trap and become a supporter.

Attend

Laingholm
Where: Laingholm Village Hall
When: 3pm-5pm, Sunday 25th November

The meetings are timed to tie in with our next trapping pulse. We run four pulses a year over the following months:

March - June - September - December

At each pulse we ask all our members to put their traps out and report back to us on catches. By taking a coordinated approach we can have more impact than operating individually. By collecting catch data we can grow our understanding of the challenge we face and the impact we are having. It also assists us when applying for funding.
 

Get a trap

We'll have three different types of traps available to purchase at the meeting, two for Possums, and a new option to tackle Rats & Mice. We endevour to make these traps as cheap as we can to the public and provide a consession to those who need it.

Public Meetings - Laingholm & Woodlands Park

Kia ora all locals in the Waima to Langholm pest free (W2L) zone. Please come an join us one of our two public meetings.

Laingholm
Where: Laingholm Village Hall
When: 3pm-5pm, Sunday 19th Aug
Woodlands Park
Where: Woodlands Park School Hall
When: 3pm-5pm, Sunday 26th Aug

The meetings are timed to tie in with our next trapping season. Our work is well and truly underway. We have over 100 traps deployed, with 50 more to be deployed in the coming months

Meeting

Join Us!

We now have over 130 possum traps registered with W2L. Interested in joining to erradicate possums in our area? We can provide you a trap if you need one, or if you have one you can register it with us. Just complete and return the forms on the Join-Us page.

Timms Traps

 

Action Meeting - Let's grow the momentum.

Kia ora all locals in the Waima to Langholm pest free (W2L) zone. Please come to our next Action Meeting - Let's grow the momentum.

W2L Public Meeting
Where: Laingholm Village Hall
When: 3pm-5pm, Sunday 27th May

The foundation work is done and we are already catching a lot of pests, especially possums through our area and we need to get more local residents started with trapping on their properties.

Possum egg

Upcoming Action Meeting - Let's Get Started.

Kia ora all locals in the Waima to Langholm pest free (W2L) zone,

W2L Public Meeting
Where: Woodlands Park School Hall
When: 3pm-5pm, Sunday 27th August

The foundation work is done and we are now ready to get local residents started with trapping on their properties. Our first target is possum control. We worked out that it will take an average resident only about 15 minutes per week or less to rid their property of possums. Come to this meeting to get a possum trap for your property and to learn how to use it. The cost of a loan trap is $40 with concessions available for those who can't afford it. You will also get a personal report link to submit your trapping results.

Let's get started

Exhibition traps giving results

Well we've been monitoring the traps along Exhibition Drive for a number of weeks now, and have been getting good results. One possum trap has had a possum in it each time we've checked, and the goodnature traps have seen to numerous rats.

We are currently talking with Watercare on extending the traps along the rest of Exhibition Drive, and increasing the trap density.

 

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