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.
Monitoring stoats and rodents is a critical part of any trapping programme. 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.
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 email us.