Manawatu Gorge Stoat Trapping Project

The Manawatu Gorge Scenic Reserve is a remnant of the forest that once stretched from the Ruahine Ranges deep into Wairarapa. It is important to retain high natural values of the area for future generations.

A line of traps will be set along the Manawatu Gorge Track to control stoats in the area and give native birdlife the best chance to flourish.

This project complements other pest control operations underway in the wider Manawatu Gorge area as part of the Manawatu Gorge Biodiversity Project. This is a 10 year plan for multiple organisations to work together with DOC and Horizons to improve the biodiversity values and recreation opportunities within the Manawatu Gorge area.

You can help

We need volunteers to help lay out the traps and to check them each month. Once the traps are in place, they need to be cleared of dead animals and re-baited at least once a month.

Monitoring of tracking tunnels and bird surveys will also require regular volunteer commitment.


If you’d like to be involved or want to find out more, contact:

Mike Shepherd from the Ashhurst Action Group
Ph: +64 6 326 8302

Mike will be coordinating the project with assistance from Cameron McKinnon at DOC Palmerston North
Ph: +64 6 350 9700

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