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Sample Sidebar Module

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2015 Trakka Monitoring Results

These two maps of the Peninsula show the results of the 2015 and 2014 Trakka rat monitoring along our original base line.

2015 Map of Trakka monitoring sitesIn 2015 there was a rat presence along the Hamurana foreshore near the School, another on the slip where we can’t place bait stations, giving an “probable” result of 6% compared to 2014 when there was 3 rats present along Hamurana, 1 on the slip and 2 in the Cooney Reserve giving an 18/19% result ( definitely an increase on the previous 3 annual results of 5%) but still a good result compared to the original Trakka run in 2005 which produced an unbelievable 85% return. The lack of a volunteer covering the somewhat difficult, tide dependent, Hamurana bait line during 2013 into mid 2014, was the greatest cause of the 2014 increase, but with a new volunteer on board from late 2014 this year’s Trakka monitoring once again produced a result within our previous normal range.

2014 Map of Trakka monitoring sites

These results demonstrate clearly that the annual monitoring run is an excellent tool to show the success of the Pest Free rat program, but this success is TOTALLY dependent on the incredible, continuing, consistency and reliability with baiting from our volunteers, which is so necessary to keep a strong protective line all along the foreshore encircling the Peninsula, without which Omokoroa would rapidly return to being overrun with rats as we were in 2005.

With rat numbers being kept consistently at a low level, the bird numbers have escalated, and it is such a pleasure to hear all their noise and song as I walk the dog early each evening. The highlights of this year have been a big increase in Wood Pigeon and Morepork numbers, the White Heron and Kaka returning again, and we have had sightings, and photographs, of a pure white Tui, which is proving to probably be, a very rare, actual, Albino, and not a Leucistic.