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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See results here
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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 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.

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Nest monitoring study

Do you live in the Eastern Bays area? In spring, we will be observing nests in volunteers' backyards.

We will be looking at both native birds (like silvereyes) and introduced species (like blackbirds). You will need to be happy with us accessing your property early in the morning (and evening if a thermal camera is required to locate the nest). A camera trap will be installed at the nest and predator monitoring devices (like chew cards) will be set up in your backyard. We are specifically looking at this area (view large map here) around the Eastern Bays.

If this is something you might be interested in, please email me at We are sorry but we cannot use backyards outside the study area.

map of the Eastern Bays
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Contact us

Rosie Gerolemou (PhD candidate)
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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