Norway rat Rakiura. Photo Jake Osborne CC BY-NC-SA 2.0


Achieving the goal of a predator free New Zealand by 2050 will require a massive team effort. One of the best ways to look after our native taonga species like birds and lizards is to set traps in your garden and catch pests like mice, rats, possums and stoats.There are lots of resources to help you do this: 

SIRCET volunteer Tash Lundin checking a rat trap. Photo - SIRCET
SIRCET Adopt-a-Trap

The Halfmoon Bay Habitat Restoration Project on Rakiura / Stewart Island aims to protect and encoura...

Pest Manager Willy Gamble of SIRCET showing school kids how to check a rat trap. Photo - Bridget Carter
Rakiura Community Trap Library

The Rakiura Community Trap Library is open! Help protect the bush and birds in your backyard! Operat...

Where to buy traps, monitoring gear and...

Predator Free NZ Trust list of key suppliers/stockists throughout NZ.

A practical guide to trapping

DOC's expert trapping guidance is now available in our 'Predator Free: A practical guide to trapping...

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DOC's Backyard trapping

Trap and monitor predators in your own backyard. Achieving the goal of a predator free New Zealand b...

Trap NZ

trap. nz is a free service used throughout NZ for recording trap, bait, monitoring, and biodiversity...

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DOC's Volunteer Programme

Get involved in activities around the country, and find out about volunteering for conservation.