Practical advice for organising a group or community volunteer event.
We regularly care for popular tourist beaches at New Brighton and Sumner. You can do more good by focusing on other areas where rubbish collects or by taking an active role in cleaning up your local park.
Do not clear away natural debris from rivers or streams as these often provide habitat for wildlife.
Be part of a growing number of communities around Christchurch that are contributing to the government’s Predator Free 2050 goals.
You must have permission to put traps on public land.
We allow trapping only in in priority areas where biodiversity needs protection, such as the Port Hills, Banks Peninsula and key coastal locations. We must approve the traps used, the places they are set and a maintenance schedule. This is to ensure the parks remain safe for people and pets.
Some of our regional parks have active community groups that do regular volunteer trapping work. Key sites include:
Community-led predator trapping is being trialled in eight urban parks on the Port Hills, thanks to a joint initiative between Predator Free Port Hills and CCC.
This six-month trial aims to assess how trapping can be safely supported in our smaller and busier parks. A trapping training workshop held in early November was attended by 16 volunteer trappers representing nine community groups. Some of the volunteers have been trapping for some time in backyards or regional parks, while others are just beginner trappers. The best way to get involved is to join in with one of the groups - contact details are on the volunteering opportunities map - or contact Predator-Free Port Hills.
The eight parks taking part in the trial are:
|Barnett Park, Redcliffs||Redcliffs Predator-Free / Moncks Spur Trappers|
|Birdsey Reserve, Heathcote||Friends of Birdsey / Predator-Free Port Hills|
|Cracroft Reserve, Cashmere||Cashmere Scouts|
|Coronation Reserve||Friends of Coronation Reserve|
|Drayton Reserve||Friends of Drayton(external link)|
|East Westmorland Reserve||Westmorland Ecology|
|Giants Nose Reserve||Ngā Rākau ō Onepoto|
|Purau Reserve, Cashmere||Friends of Purau Reserve|