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life skills: keep your garden predator free

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what we are doing

‘Urban trapping’ and ‘predator free’ are commonly used terms by the citizens of Wellington, but what does it really mean? Why should I be interested and how can I do my bit to help Wellington be the natural capital of New Zealand?

With Zealandia and many other wildlife hotspots smack in the middle of our city we have the opportunity to be the world’s leading city for the ecologically enlightened! Come along to DOC Manners Street and over lunch (provided), to learn more about how to control introduced predators in your garden and make it a safe haven for native wildlife. In urban areas the biggest problems are rats and mice, but stoats and hedgehogs are also eating birds, eggs and lizards and so learn about how to do your bit to control them.

what you will learn

• Have a light lunch (provided).
• Understand why predators need to be controlled.
• Learn about common garden predators.
• Introduction to a range of urban trapping options.
• How to safely set, bait and clean traps, including the DOC 200 trap.
• Bring a sketch of your garden and get some advice where to put the trap.
• Ask the silly questions, i.e. why wont this trap kill my neighbours cat? What prevents my child’s hand getting caught? Why don’t birds get trapped in these? Can I leave this out in the rain? But its ugly, can we make it pretty?
• Practice setting a DOC 200 trap.

type of class intro
skill required beginner

your chalkler will be

Darren Peters and Angus Hulme-Moir (DOC) know everything there is to know about trapping. The session will be relaxed and fun!

what to bring

Nothing required

appropriate audience

All New Zealanders! You will need strength to set the trap, so they are not for the faint hearted!


$5 donation to the Enhancing the Halo project ( The project aims to make Wellington New Zealand’s natural capital by making all backyards into safe havens for native wildlife.

We expect pre-payment for all classes.

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deposit 5.00 into chalkle's Kiwibank account:
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we require a minimum of 8 people for this class to go ahead.

about chalkle°
Chalkle° enables learning for communities in real life. Small affordable classes mean high value for participants, extracting the knowledge and skills otherwise hidden within the community. chalkle° redefines what it means to be a teacher or a learner, helping everyone undertake training in practical, artistic or academic skills while fostering lifelong learning.

Chalkle° expects pre-payment for all classes. If you have not paid you will be placed on the waiting list to allow other chalklers to attend. You will be moved to attending once chalkle° has received confirmation of your payment.
If you RSVP for a class and fail to show up, you will get a "no show". Three no shows means you will be removed from chalkle°. You may request to rejoin after six months.
If you cancel your RSVP:
- less than 3 days before = no refund
- after 7pm the night before = no refund and a "no show" will be recorded

Whilst every possible assistance will be offered, chalkle°, teachers and members cannot be held responsible for any accident, injuries or losses sustained leading up to, during, or after a class.