Rodents and other pests are no match for Bryony Tubby from New Plymouth.
Since October 2019 she has volunteered her time to manage a stoat trapline along the York Road boundary of Egmont National Park.
Bryony’s trapline contains 18 stoat traps and takes about 3.5 hours to complete. It’s not a simple track either as Bryony crosses over a river and a dozen streams and traverses some tough terrain. But she enjoys every minute of it.
“I really love it. On my way back from checking my traps I listen to all the birds including fantails, tui and wood pigeons. I have even seen whio whilst out volunteering which was amazing,” says Bryony.
A lot of rats, some hedgehogs and a weasel have been caught along her trapline. A tally she is proud of.
“Every time I catch something, I know it’s one less predator that could kill a kiwi, whio or toutouwai. I’m proud to be playing my part.”
More than 60% of our 4700 predator traps across Egmont National Park are managed by volunteers. We are extremely grateful to the hundreds of locals and businesses who support our vision of restoring our Mounga – he kawa ora – to bring him back to life!
Want to be like Bryony and volunteer to manage a trapline on our Mounga? Register your interest today! http://taranakimounga.nz/get-involved/volunteer/