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Rangiora retirees pitch in on pest control

Rangiora retiree Lynn Andrews with one of his DIY trap housings

You’re never too old to get involved – that’s the attitude of a handful of retired Rangiora residents doing their bit for conservation.

Charles Upham Retirement Village residents Lynn Andrews, Ross Stewart, Murray Giles, Lindsay Rowe and Kevin Hurley have invested their efforts into Predator Free 2050 by building trap housings for conservation land in Canterbury.

The team’s DIY wooden housings prevent curious natives from entering the traps, and have had success in the Medbury Scientific Reserve protecting roroa/great-spotted kiwi, whio and other native fauna from pests.

Their newest batch of 44 tunnel-trap sets has recently been transported into Nina Valley in North Canterbury.

Trapping volunteer George Moran – a member of the Doubtless Conservation group – delivered the traps near Hanmer, to be deployed by helicopter into the south side of the valley.

He and his wife Celia first started volunteer conservation work near Doubtless Hut, which sits in the adjacent valley, and inspired the name of their group.

“In one sense, we haven’t moved very far,” Moran said.

The traps will extend the work being put in by the Nina Valley Restoration Group at Hurunui College.