Conservation on the
Rangitikei River

New Zealand, a perfect picture postcard country. Green pasture land, bush clad ranges, spectacular mountain ranges, rivers and lakes. In many ways it all looks so perfect. However, scratch the surface and this picture postcard is not as it seems.

Everywhere you look our natural environment is under threat. Possibly a better way of putting that is our natural environment is under siege. Our native bird and invertebrate life is struggling to survive against waves of introduced predators including Stoats, Weasels, Rats and Cats.

In order to combat this we service 100 stoat traps (kill traps) covering about 20 kms of the Rangitikei River but we need your help! Over the years we’ve realised the importance of involving the community & instilling the same sense of passion for conservation and protection of our environment that continues to drive our efforts forward.

And so, The “River Valley and Pukeokahu Community Stoat Control Project” was born.

“To leave a legacy of an if not pristine, at least an unspoilt natural environment in which we offer our adventures. A natural environment that if possible is healthier than when we started. To do this we have to be agitators, we have to lead by example, we have to care.”
– Company Director Brian Megaw

Tell me more about the project

Good guys
Bad guys
Trapping Operations

Protected
Bird Species

The Native Species
We Are Helping To Protect.

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Known for its dawn chorus, the New Zealand bush at one time pulsed with the sound of native birds and here at River Valley our mission is to once again hear the bush come alive with the chorus of birdsong.

Listed below are a number of the birds that we focus our conservation efforts on. Hover over the image to see our mission for each species and if you’d like some more information, click to head on over to the DOC website loaded with interesting facts.

Targeted
Pest Species

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To achieve the vision of a return of the Dawn Chorus, a vision that is shared by so many other people all over New Zealand who are also doing their bit, requires an unrelenting long term effort.

To call it a war would not be wrong. If we lose, we lose so many unique species of animals and birds that are found no where else. Listed below are a number of the pest species that impact on our native bird life. Of this group we concentrate on rats and stoats. Our trapping operations also kill other mustelids such as weasles and ferrets, plus hedgehogs (which are a significant predator of ground nesting birds) .

Feral cats are either shot or trapped in cage traps and then put down.

Hover over the image to see our mission for each species and if you’d like some more information, click to head on over to the DOC website loaded with interesting facts.

Trapping Operations

Updated trap locations
and data captured.

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Where our traps are located

The trap lines laid out and checked by the River Valley team and local community cover 20 kilometres of the Rangitikei River and a number of streams and fenced off bush remnants in the Pukeokahu area
Rats and hedgehogs tend to be more commonly caught on or near farmland, probably reflecting the lack of biodiversity in this sort of habitat, while the river canyon is where the majority of stoats are killed. The trap lines on farmland however are a line of defence to slow movement of more predators into the river canyon.

To find out more about where our trap lines are located download this Google Earth KMZ File. Download the small file and when complete double click that file and it should put you into Google Earth with all of the new data loaded .

Find out how you can be a part of our Community Conservation Projects

Help us fight for our environment through sponsorships, donations or joining us on a scenic stoat-checking rafting trip. If you would like to be involved please get in touch.
0800 248666 / +64 6 388 1444

Have any questions?

Speak to one of our friendly adventure consultants who would love to help you out.
thelodge@rivervalley.co.nz / 0800 248666 / +64 6 38 8144