Frequently Asked Questions
What is the extent of The Halo Project area?
The western boundary of the project area extends from the north part of Dunedin city and the Silver Stream valley, north to the Silverpeaks and Waikouaiti River catchments. On the eastern seaboard, the project area is bordered by Ravensbourne in the south and the Pleasant River in the north.
The majority of our current work is focussed on the area around Orokonui Ecosanctuary, Waitati, Port Chalmers and back towards North East Valley.
What can I do to get more native birds coming into my backyard?
There are lots of things you can do! You can provide them a safe place to hang out, put bells on your cats, hang nectar and food in safe parts of your property (high away from dogs and cats), set up a child and pet safe trap in your area and plant bird friendly plants in your yard. Dunedin City Council has a biodiversity resource for further information in making your backyard bird friendly.
Can I borrow a trap?
We do not have a library of traps to lend out, but if you are interested in trapping in your backyard please get in touch with us directly and we can discuss options for your neck of the woods. We generally like to work with trapping networks as opposed to individual traps since this is found to be a more effective long term solution. Therefore if we know you are interested in having a trap on your property we can identify other interested people in your area and look at implementing a trapping network.
I am a landowner within The Halo Project area, how can I benefit from the project?
There are many options for landowners within The Halo Project area, from setting up a trapping programme to habitat restoration of pockets of land. If you are interested in discussing options please contact us.
Are my children or pets at risk of the predator trapping programme?
The Halo Project has worked hard to ensure children and pets are not at risk of injury from the traps used in our programme. Research has been conducted by The Halo Project to observe pet interaction on traps. Modifications have been made to traps to reduce risk based on the research. When working with communities to set up traps we ask if pets or small children frequent certain areas, if so we then adapt the trapping plan to suit the circumstances.
Do you use 1080 your predator control activities?
No, The Halo Project does not use 1080 in any of it's predator control activities.