Predator Free

Helping Dunedin become Predator Free by 2050

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The Halo Project provides support and guidance to local predator trapping groups beyond the Orokonui Ecosanctuary.

The Halo Project is proud to be a delivery partner of the Predator Free Dunedin initiative launched in early October 2018. Twenty groups have signed on to be part of Predator Free Dunedin; working towards the collective goal of making Dunedin safer for indigenous biodiversity giving them the opportunity to thrive throughout the area.

Together let’s achieve Dunedin’s Predator Free goal and bring back the birds!

Bring Back the Birds! Predator Free Dunedin

community groups who have received support from Halo Project

(prior to Partnering with Predator Free Dunedin)

The Halo Project facilitated the early meetings, assisted in designing an action plan, trained volunteers in safe handling of traps, data collection and uploading data into the online trapping portal (see top right of this page).

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Graham’s Bush

Graham’s Bush Reserve offers stunning bush walks and Otago Harbour views and is just a short drive from the city. A small group of dedicated community members came together in 2017 and designed and implemented a successful trapping programme including 15 mustelid/rat traps.

To date the programme has caught 67 predators.

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Established in 2017, the Purakaunui trapping group has an extensive trapping programme which includes 22 active mustelid/rat traps, 33 possum traps and 20 rodent traps.

To date they have captured 95 predators.

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Orokonui Estuary

Along the Orokonui Estuary Reserve track 19 mustelid/rat traps have been capturing predators since 2017.

To date the traps have caught 49 predators.

How Safe is my Cat? Educational Project work

Classes at Sawyers Bay school, Port Chalmers school and St Leonards school have been researching how pets interact with traps that have been specifically designed to catch possums, stoats and rats. The children made predictions about what their pets might do around the traps and then put out dummy traps (trap housing with un-set trap inside) in some backyards, with motion-sensitive cameras filming what their pets actually did.

The trap housing is designed so that pets can’t get into the actual trap mechanism, even if they are interested in it. The footage from this study showed that cats quite liked to use the trap boxes as perches, but couldn’t get in to the actual traps – especially with our modifications that make the traps extra pet safe. Pet safety around traps is very important and when the appropriate type of trap is used in the right way, we can catch wild predators whilst keeping our pets safe

Shogun sits on the DOC 200 trap housing

Shogun sits on the DOC 200 trap housing

Room 4 kids at Port Chalmers School with their Halo Project posters

Room 4 kids at Port Chalmers School with their Halo Project posters



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