Our Mission:

Bring back the birds.

A COORDINATED COMMUNITY BASED TRAPPING PROGRAM WILL ENHANCE THE ENVIRONMENT SO OUR BIRDS CAN THRIVE.

Predator Free Taupo aims to help our community free the Taupo district of New Zealand’s most damaging introduced predators by 2050.

 
 
 

Predator Free Taupo shares information and facilitates contact for people with an interest in pest control in the greater Taupo area. Our members range from people with single traps in their backyards, to members of large established projects such as those operating at Kinloch, Waipahihi, Pukawa, and many more locations around the lake. We will also apply for and distribute funds on behalf of the group.

 

Our Impact

We have volunteers actively managing traps across various sites in the Taupo region. The number of sites, traps, volunteer hours and ultimately pests trapped is established and growing. But we still need your help. Head over to ‘our projects’ to find out about each site, there’s likely one near you, and then contact robyn@greeningtaupo.org.nz to get stuck in and help us on this mission.

 

13+

number of Sites

There are 13 sites actively and regularly managed by volunteer trappers across the region. There are another 27 sites that have been registered and we’d like to start to include their data.

440+

Number of Traps

There are over 480 traps actively managed within those 13 sites. There are a number of traps across the additional 27 sites AND there are another 350 plus traps that have been allocated to backyard trappers.

1800+

Pests Trapped

Trapping results are recorded at Trap.nz and to date over 1850 pests (and counting!) have been trapped by the traps managed in the 13 sites that are currently monitored and included in our records.

2000+

Annual Volunteer Hours

It takes over 2000 volunteer hours to make all this happen. And then there’s our backyard trappers - we don’t have a record of how many hours they spend but it’s worth a shout out for sure!

 

Our Projects

With many projects underway, from larger scale trapping projects to smaller sites in local neighbourhoods, you’ll find one in your own backyard!

 
 

Waikato River Corridor

WHAKAIPO BAY

 

Opepe SCenic Reserve

Waipahihi Gully

 

Harvey Street Gully

Rangatira Point

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Get Involved

THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO HELP Predator Free Taupo

There are many opportunities to support Predator Free Taupo when you find yourself with some time and the inclination. Whether it be building traps, leading or volunteering on a trapping project or just getting down to business in your own backyard, any help is hugely appreciated. 

 

Keep up to Date

Sign up to our Predator Free Taupo eNewsletter so you can keep up to date with news including trapping project records and opportunities to get involved.

Volunteer opportunities

We are always looking for volunteers to help with various jobs from trap building or checking to help keeping this website up to date!

Find a Project

With many projects underway from larger scale to smaller sites in local neighbourhoods, you’ll be sure to find one close to you.


Or Take Control of your Own Backyard

Trapping in your Backyard

Trapping in your backyard has loads of benefits. It can help get rid of rats from your compost bin, save your roses and fruit trees from possums, but most importantly it can make your garden a safe place for our native wildlife. Here’s some tips from Predator Free NZ.

What to Plant

Our friends at Greening Taupo have developed a comprehensive list of recommended plants for you to plant in your own backyard. Natives and some exotics, but all plants that will thrive in our local region and that will help us on our mission to bring back the birds!

Birdlife

So it’s about the birds…what can you expect to see in your own backyard? This list of birds from Greening Taupo includes those that are common in our region as well as ones that you are less common but you might be one of the lucky ones and spot one!

 

Community Conservation

Building healthy neighbourhoods by increasing the greenery in our community and promoting green urban development is good for people, business and the environment.

Greening Taupo was established to improve the Taupo environment for the people and native wildlife—it's an opportunity to participate in a community conservation initiative.

 
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Get in Touch

WE'D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!

Predator Free Taupo is a community organisation and we welcome feedback and contribution from our community so feel free to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

 
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Our Office

37 Motutaiko Street
Taupo, NZ 3330

P: 027 628 8008