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Wednesday March 28, 2018

Pest-free Khandallah campaign By Nicholas Pointon

Since 2016 Gillian Bruce has spearheaded the charge to rid Khandallah of pests such as rats and mice that threaten the native bird population. Gillian was responsible for setting up Predator Free Khandallah which aims to install mice and rat traps on residents’ properties in the Khandallah area. Gillian says her inspiration for the project stems from her interest in native birds and the success of the predator free campaign in Crofton Downs. “When I heard about what Crofton Downs had achieved I thought, ‘Well look, if they can do it, I’m sure we can too.’ Someone had to take the initiative, so I thought, why not me?” Gillian began recruiting people through letterbox fliers and the web platform Neighbourly. The campaign now has 500

people managing as many traps on their properties in the Khandallah area but Gillian says they still need more support with the winter months ahead. “We are moving into the peak season for rats. We have to get the population down low enough so they can’t breed successfully. “We’re looking to intensify the trapping around all the bush borders. That’s so we can reduce the exchange between the reserve and the urban areas.” Keeping volunteers engaged is proving to be the biggest challenge. Gillian says it is imperative that people who are not catching anything continue to keep their traps baited.

Gillian Bruce with one of the traps Predator Free Khandallah employs to catch mice and rats. PHOTO: GREGOR BRUCE

 Want to help keep Khandallah Predator Free? Contact Gillian via email at predatorfreekhandallah@ gmail.com

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