Jul 082017

As of today, there are over 200 names on our Pestbusters list.  Of course, several of these people have moved away or are not now actively controlling pests on their properties.  We have new supplies of bait and can get traps if required with a few days’ notice. Russell and I have just updated the […]

Winter 2015 supplies

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May 042015

It is some time since I posted on the site but I have some good news.  There were many more juvenile bellbirds and tuis around Otatara this past Summer, thanks to good work from a minority of our residents.  There are a few more people trapping or using bait stations to control mainly rats, and […]

Jun 282014

Just a reminder to all Otatara people of two special nights coming up soon! The first, is to celebrate 10,000 hours of work at Bushy Point, successful pestbusting, Native Bird rescue and much more with a family night of Piping in and addressing the Haggis, a meal of Haggis, neeps and tatties; BYO dessert to […]

Apr 132014

Bird life has been remarkable this year and at our place in particular we get comments from visitors about the bird song.  Thanks for all the good work those of you pest-busting have done!  A reminder to everyone to come to 49 Bryson Road this week, either Wednesday afternoon or Saturday morning, or by phoning […]

Springtime again

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Oct 142013

As you can tell by the wet weather just now, it is Spring again – the birds are doing their thing and we feel there are more birds around this year, thanks to all those busy Otatara Pestbusters. But we know there are still many of you who do not think they have rats as […]

Oct 142013

The following is an extract from a presentation by Karen Maw who is a second year student at the Southern Institute of Technology, studying Environmental Management.  She is being assisted by Matt Milner, a first year student studying the same course, who is interested in developing a third year project of his own. Karen states: […]

Jul 222013

Attention all Pestbusters! Tim Riding has now left Southland and resides in Wellington. Our new ‘man in the office’ [and in the field] is Derek Richards, more young helpful blood to keep us in the picture with ES. Randall Milne remains his off-sider and frequently delivers bait etc to 49 Bryson Road and Russell is […]

Jul 032013

The next evening in the Otatara Landcare Group Winter Series is at 49 Bryson Road [Bush Haven], at 7.30 pm on Monday, 8 July 2013. If you’re having trouble with animal pests, this is the evening for you! Come to the downstairs lounge, there’s lots of space. We’ll start off with a light-hearted pest animals […]

May 062013

OTATARA PESTBUSTERS NEWSLETTER 6 Hello again Pestbusters. It is some time since I sent out a newsletter, but we have slowly been adding Otatara people to the list and now have over 120 names – however we don’t believe everyone on our list is active, nor is everyone in Otatara who is doing some form […]

Feb 112013

Hi folks, many people have reported more bellbirds and tuis around this summer – perhaps it has something to do with the fact that some people are keeping predators at bay? However we do need you to spread the word and get your neighbours also protecting the birds and the bush from rats and possums. […]