The Otatara Pestbusters committee came into existence in 2010 when some local people became concerned about the predation of our native birds and decided to do something about it.
The Otatara Landcare Group has been undertaking intensive pest control for rats, possums and stoats at Bushy Point for a few years and the Pestbusters committee is made up of Landcare members with several other keen people, to look after our own properties and encourage more people to do the same.
The committee consists of Russell and May Evans, Brian Rance, Randall Milne, Nathan Cruickshank, David Simpson, Edith Jones and David Whelan with technical assistance from Derek Richards of Environment Southland.
May and Russell operate Bush Haven, which is a rehabilitation sanctuary for injured native birds, mainly kereru and tui so they have first-hand knowledge of the many injuries inflicted by both daily human life and animal predators. During some past surveys with Department of Conservation it was shown that many tui and kereru nests in Otatara failed because of rats and possums.
Most of us moved to Otatara to enjoy the bush and the birds and the most common of these are the tui, bellbird, fantail and wood pigeon or kereru. During the breeding season, many nests of these birds have regularly been predated by possums and rats and occasionally by weasels and stoats.
The Invercargill City Council has now provided traps, and Pestbusters members are regularly checking the Council Reserves in Otatara. We are aware that many residents have been carrying out pest control on their own properties and we hope to increase the numbers of people doing this.
You can purchase traps for various pests, including poison bait, by visiting Russell at 49 Bryson Road on Saturday mornings, 9.30 to 12 noon or Wednesday afternoons, 3 – 6pm or by phoning 2130530 to make an appointment. Advice is also available from any of the team on the Contacts list.
We have now set up a Google Map showing the areas we believe to be under some type of pest control. You can find this on the right of the page, so have a look and if you are doing some type of pest control but your property is not marked, please contact Russell and May at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dave at email@example.com to have your address included on the map, in the appropriate colour for your type of pest control.
We also welcome photographs or comments about any predators you wish to show on this website.