Predator Free Bay of Plenty’s backyard trapping programme exceeding expectations

Predator Free Bay of Plenty is a community-led, backyard trapping initiative that aims to bring native birds, insects and lizards back to our suburbs and unite our backyard efforts to the National Predator Free 2050 movement.

With a goal to get a rat trap operating in one in every five backyards in suburban Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty, so far they have secured 1600+ trappers and removed almost 2,800 pests. 

Bay of Plenty’s Regional Coordinator Emma Woods is delighted by the uptake of the trapping programme and the inspiring community leaders who have stepped up to offer traps and trapping advice in their suburbs.

“The biggest threat to our native birds are the rats who have taken over our native bush and urban areas. With one rat likely to kill up to 50 birds in its lifetime we need your help to get rid of rats and give our native species a fighting chance,” says Emma.

Predator Free BOP is a successful collaboration between Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Envirohub, NZ Landcare Trust, Bay Conservation Alliance and the Department of Conservation.

Check out @PredatorFreeBOP on Facebook to find out how you can get a trap and join the movement.