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Invite the native wildlife into your backyard

Get in touch if you would like us to give a free workshop to your community group.

Backyard Sanctuaries

The project

Backyard Sanctuaries is a non-profit community project, run by volunteers, who believe that the Miramar Peninsular and Wellington have huge potential to become a leading example in community driven predator control. We want to support all the awesome efforts that are already going on.

How we can help?

Mainly we focus on supporting community groups with their predator free goal.
We can give free workshops to you and your group, answer relevant questions, lend out a projector and/or traps, and maybe even give out some equipment.

Scroll down and you'll find out how it works.

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Backyard SanctuariesTuesday, March 13th, 2018 at 9:46am
If you live in Newtown, Mt Cook or Berhampore then here is the community project you'll want to join. šŸ˜Š
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Backyard Sanctuaries shared Predator Free New Zealand Trust's video.Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 7:45am
Simple as that!
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Find out from Te Kawa what's involved in backyard trapping and get a trap delivered to your door... ā€” Products shown: Victor Professional rat trap & tunnel (incl. shipping).
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Backyard SanctuariesTuesday, September 26th, 2017 at 9:54am
You know the drill: Count all those fat pigeons this week.
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Backyard SanctuariesWednesday, September 20th, 2017 at 10:01am
The Stoat: Incredibly cute, agile, playful and deadly.
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Life - Stoat kills rabbit ten times its size - BBC One The crazy games of young stoats help them develop the killer tactics they need to catch their prey. As rabbits are fast moving, qui...
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Backyard SanctuariesWednesday, September 13th, 2017 at 8:35pm
We have added a new lure to our trapping kits. Being dedicated trappers ourself we always look out for potential new lures anywhere we go. Wanna try some?
Want to participate? Sign up here!

How it works

Our project works on a reward system, where one action will lead to the next level of awesomeness. A bit like a videogame where you have to play along in order unlock the next level.

Community groups

You are a predator free community group and you’d like some expert help. We’d love to support your awesome efforts and help with what we can for free. And that is:

  • giving our workshop to your group
  • lending out a projector if you want to give your own talk
  • answering questions on predator control and ecology
  • ask us and maybe we have some spare traps/bait and monitoring tools to hand out to you too.

Use the contract form to get in touch with us.

Try a trap

For no charge we lend out one of our two KIT-SETS OF DIFFERENT TRAPSĀ for up to 5 weeks, if you want to have a go at trying outĀ traps, baits, lures etc.

Simply click ‘contact us’Ā to email us if you want to borrow a trap kit-set. Let us know the time frame you are wanting to have it for. Kit-set’s need to be picked up and returned and include the traps that you are willing to trial from our list, several lures etc.


This 2 hour workshop will give you an excellent idea on how to tackle the pest problem. You will learn how to begin the epic adventure, where to place the traps, and tricks and tips on how to out clever the pests and how to make your backyard suitable for native birds, lizards and insects. We promise to feed you free delicious snacks and refreshments.

Our workshops cover:

  • The problem of invasive mammalian predators in NZ
  • How to outsmart rats & other pests
  • Youā€™ll get a chance to check out different traps
  • How to minimize impact of domestic cat
  • Planting to feed birds
  • Building lizard & insect-homes
  • How to attract the birds and keep away the rats

Trapping progress

All your trapping successes or non successes can be lodged on our website (under ‘start trapping’) which only takes 40 seconds.Ā 


Our website always supplies you with FREE PLANTING GUIDES, BIRD COUNT LISTS, ADVICE andĀ many more valuable information.

Sign up

Show your support and sign up for freeĀ and become part of the trapping community that say’s no to pests.Ā We will then notify you once the next workshop is coming up and will send you a link that allows you to sign up for free. Once signed up you also have access to our trapping kits for free.Ā