Pest Control

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Exploring the benefits of pest management for our communities and wildlife

Love birds, hate pests

To achieve New Zealand's goal to be Predator Free by 2050, we need effective pest management in the urban environment. Invasive mammals threaten our native wildlife, and we can all play a part in the solution.

Community-led management, such as predator trapping, can make a huge difference to our native birds, whilst bringing benefits to our communities. To get the most out of these initiatives, we want to measure the social and ecological outcomes of community conservation.

This is a PhD project at the University of Auckland.

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Social Outcomes of Community Groups

Thank you to everyone who completed our questionnaire about pest control in Auckland communities. We were overwhelmed with more than 1,200 responses!

We are also grateful to the Auckland community group leaders who were interviewed as part of this study. Thank you for your participation and all the hard work you do.

A summary of the results is now available. A more detailed report will be available at the end of my PhD in 2023, along with publications in scientific journals. If you would like to be kept in the loop, you can subscribe here.


Nest monitoring study

Thank you to everyone who participated in our nest research. Despite the dry weather, we managed to monitor 140 nests!

Once the results have been analysed, a summary report will be available here and emailed to everyone who has subscribed.

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Contact us

PhD student Rosie Gerolemou
University page

PhD Supervisor: Associate Professor Margaret Stanley
Co Supervisor:  Professor James Russell

The University of Auckland, School of Biological Sciences, Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand

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