After waiting for 3 weeks we finally got a weather window
suitable for the second bait drop and completed it on the 5th August. We
required 3 days of fine weather after the drop to ensure the bait stayed
viable on the ground long enough to be effective.
Meanwhile we have been trapping and baiting for rodents in the buffer
Zones outside the fence, checking the fenceline and tracking for rodents
along the shoreline inside the fence. Since the 3 weeks after the first
bait drop we have seen no sign of rodents or rabbits.
Update on Monitoring
have just finished the first monitoring run for rodents across the
peninsula with 9 team members. After 5 days of intensive tramping only 1
rat was located under a house in Arthur’s Bay. Apart from rain at night
and a couple of heavy showers during the day, the weather has been good
and the cards were left out for 2 nights then taken in over the next
three days. Emma and Scott Sambell did an amazing job of producing a map
of the peninsula for every ‘Pathway’ that were assigned to the
individuals first for laying the tracking tunnel cards then collecting
them. Some of the routes on these pathways have to be experienced!
Radios were used by each team member and some of the comments coming
back to Base were hilarious To get the 50m x 50m density for the
tracking tunnels means that the contour lines can end up very close
together creating very steep cross falls. However it is a very positive
sign that the bait drops have been successful. No rabbits or pig sign
but two instances of fresh cat scat. The next run will be early October
when unfortunately we won’t have Scott and Emma, since they are heading
for Australia, but Joanne O’Reilly will be taking up the baton for
My grateful thanks to all the staff and volunteers who helped make this
so successful. It was a great team effort with a few aching muscles to
make everyone aware of what has been achieved.