Boyle Base Stoat Trapping, Lewis Pass

Since acquiring Boyle Base Hut in Lewis Pass in 2009, our branch has set up a stoat trapping and monitoring programme around the hut, along the river flats and up to the forest edge.

Boyle Base Hut in Lewis Pass

Monitoring stoats and rodents is a critical part of any trapping programme. Four times a year, we make a trip to Boyle Base Hut to do monitoring. This typically involves setting out separate lines of tracking 'run-through' tunnels with special tracking paper and ink pads that record paw prints.

Bird surveys are also conducted to help determine the success of the work.

Stoats caught through the Boyle Base trapping programme © Steve Pitman

The North Canterbury branch of Forest and Bird works closely with DOC and is part of the wider effort in the Lewis Pass to improve the situation for the indigenous wildlife by controlling predation and improving habitat.

If you wish to be involved with this project or to know more about it please phone Lesley Shand 03 379 0316. 

To read the latest Boyle Base report click here.