Advanced Trapping Workshop: Hanmer Springs 06 July 2019
The South Island’s braided rivers are home to a disproportionate number of threatened bird species. Regional and district councils, agencies, CWMS zone committees, community groups, and individual volunteers are increasingly becoming involved in managing these birds. BRaid Incorporated, an umbrella organisation established in 2006, works closely with local groups to protect braided river ecosystems.
Many of the species in these riverbeds are endemic and highly specialised for life in braided rivers. Many are also highly threatened. BRaid believes that increased knowledge of these species is an important tool to assist in bringing about improved outcomes for highly threatened river-birds. We offered this course on the management of birds in braided rivers for those involved and interested in river management.
Courses are aimed at staff of regional and district councils, CWMS zone committee members, agencies involved in the management of rivers and individuals and community and recreational groups involved in (or wishing to undertake) protection of birds in braided rivers.
Participant comments: “most worthwhile” and “the course offered far more than I expected” (see Environment Canterbury press release).
Participants in past courses were provided with a resource booklet that contained an outline of the course material, useful references, sources of predator control materials, and contacts for further information.
NOTE: with the advent of the New Zealand-wide ‘PredatorFree 2050’ campaign, from 2019 onwards, trapping workshops will be held in conjunction with local ‘predator-free’ groups and advertised widely.