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Updated 6 August 2021 10:38am

In the Wellington Region, we are seeing more and more native animals return due to ongoing work in removing predator species from the rural landscape and parks and reserves. Because our native birds and lizards will eagerly venture out of these protected areas, backyard trapping and community trapping groups provide an extra layer of protection.

Trapping is a great way of protecting our native birds and lizards from introduced predator species such as rats, possums and mustelids (stoats, weasels and ferrets), and a great way to protect revegetation plantings, fruit tree and vegetable gardens and domestic foul. There are lots of ways to get involved, including:

Find out more about the types of traps we recommend, and where to get them.

If you need further advice on trapping, and what method of control might work best for you, email

Predator Free Wellington

We’re proud to be one of the partners working on Predator Free Wellington, a project that has inspired thousands of people to create a safe haven in Wellington City for native wildlife.

The first phase of the project, eradicating the Miramar Peninsula of rats, is almost complete! The Second phase will involve community contribution in 19 suburbs from Island bay to the Wellington CBD. If you are a resident in one of the suburbs indicated, you might be able to join the team! Check out the Phase Two details on the Predator Free Wellington website.

Safety first

  1. Don't touch traps unless authorised to do so
  2. Keep children and dogs away from traps when they are set
  3. Maintain traps so they work efficiently
  4. Keep your traps on your property and not on public land

More information


Department of Conservation – Check out DOC’s practical guide for trapping and trapping videos

Predator Free 2050

Trap testing by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research

National Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC)

Animal Welfare Act 1999