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Invite the native wildlife into your backyard


NEXT WORKSHOP: to be announced

(if you'd like us to give a talk or workshop at your event, please get in touch)

Backyard Sanctuaries

The project

Backyard Sanctuaries is a non-profit community project, run by volunteers, who believe that the Miramar Peninsular and Wellington could become a pest-free sanctuary for native wildlife. To achieve this we find it cruicial to include and engage private properties in mammalian predator control and restoration efforts. Thanks to the support of Department of Conservation we can give subsidies, hold workshops and provide some free equipment to make this happen. You may simply enjoy having birds and lizards around the house or you may share our vision: a predator free Miramar peninsular. Whatever your reason, let’s do it!

Why sign up?

Backyard Sanctuaries is for anyone who enjoys and wants to protect New Zealand's living taonga. Anyone can sign up regardless of your location or your housing situation, and it's entirely free!
Signing up means you are becoming part of a community that's willing to trap and restore your space for the native wildlife.
You can then count on us to give you all the support, ideas and equipment needed to create your own backyard sanctuary. You can do as much or as little work on your backyard as you want to, and you can stop at any point.

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

Community Facebook Feed

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Backyard SanctuariesWednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 4:10am
The WCC is holding a free workshop that covers the topic of Pest monitoring.
We really encourage you to go as, without monitoring you won’t be able to tell whether your trapping has actually made any impact. It’s really simple and it’s also fantastic as a pre-bait to encourage the pests to fall for your traps later on.
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Backyard SanctuariesWednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 11:18am
This sounds very interesting
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Backyard Sanctuaries shared Northland Regional Council's video.Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 at 10:38am
We love these guys at Bay Bush Action. Big thumbs up for some real action happening up in the Bay of Islands. Kia kaha
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Northland Regional Council
Brad and Milo are supporters of #Biomonth17 and are doing amazing work protecting our offshore islands from feral cats as well as those forests a bit closer to home with Bay Bush Action. Head on over, give them a ‘like’ and find out how you can get involved. #Northlandheros #ConservationDogs #dogswithjobs DOC-Far North, Forest & Bird, MPI Detector Dogs
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Backyard Sanctuaries shared Love your Water's event.Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 at 7:53am
Our partner project Kumutoto is having a tree planting next Saturday. Come along and help restore this little piece of Wellington inner city forest that most people don't even know about.
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Backyard SanctuariesFriday, May 26th, 2017 at 2:00pm
Have your say and help the GWRC develop a regional pest management strategy. Your input is extremely valuable as it will help steer the direction of the strategy.
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.

Sign up

Sign up for free and get FREE ENTRANCE TO OUR WORKSHOP (worth $25).  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. 


Workshop

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. You’ll walk off with a FREE RAT/STOAT TRAP, a FREE MOUSE TRAP, and FREE MONITORING EQUIPMENT.

Our workshops cover:

  • The problem of invasive mammalian predators in NZ
  • How to outsmart rats & other pests
  • You’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. 


Information

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


Share

If you have encouraged someone else to join and participate in workshop and they are also regularly lodging their trapping results then we will throw in another surprise for you.

For this they need to nominate you when they sign up with us, and they need to also attend the workshop and submit trapping results.


Goodies

FREE BIRDFEEDERS, HIGH VISIBILITY CAT COLLARS, INSECT MOTELS  and other goodies are also regularly on the give away list for all dedicated individuals.


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

Simply click ‘contact us’ 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 a range of 5 different traps, several lures etc.