Containment control is the treatment of a particular pest by recognised methods and at intervals necessary to ensure that the spread of infestation will be contained or the population levels remain under a specified threshold. The pests included in this containment programme are generally of a widespread nature.
Animal Pests included in the Containment Control Programme:
Bennett's Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus rufogriseus)
Rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus)
Bennett's Wallaby Strategy Objectives
Over the duration of the Strategy:
Bennett's Wallaby Strategy Rules (Rule 7.2.5)
The purpose of these rules is to provide a defined level at which landowners must carry out control and to assist in the early detection of wallabies outside of the Wallaby Containment Area.
This scale assesses wallaby population levels.
Rabbit Strategy Objectives
Over the duration of the Strategy, achieve rabbit densities not exceeding Level 3 on the Modified McLean Scale within the Canterbury region.
Rabbits Strategy Rules (Rule 7.4.5)
A breach of any of these rules creates an offence under Section 154(r) of the Biosecurity Act 1993 and may initiate the regulatory procedures set out in Chapter 12.
The purpose of these rules is to provide a defined level at which landowners must carry out rabbit control, to prevent human interference with designated shooting programmes and to ensure that 1080 poison is used in a manner that does not lead to poison aversion in rabbit populations.
This scale assesses rabbit population levels.
Landholders wanting advice or assistance with rabbit control operations can use the services of Environment Canterbury's contracted rabbit co-ordinator, Steve Palmer (027 348 5394).
The rabbit co-ordinator position was established in October 2007 to provide landholders with advice on what is best practice technically and the most cost effective in terms of rabbit control, and to enable co-ordination of control operations where these straddle several land holdings and private and Crown land.
Total control is the treatment of a particular pest by recognised methods at intervals necessary to eradicate them and prevent their reappearance. However, eradication in the long term will depend on the extent to which rooks are controlled outside of the Canterbury region. Consistent destruction of rooks will eradicate the population. Apart from advocating their eradication, the level of control for rooks outside Canterbury is beyond Environment Canterbury’s control.
Animal pests included in the Total Control Programme:
Rooks (Corvus frugilegus)
Strategy Rule for Rooks (Rule 5.2.5)
Other than under the instructions or supervision of an authorised person, land occupiers and other persons shall NOT at any time:
These rules shall not apply to the activities of an authorised person in exercising or performing a function power or duty under this Strategy.
A breach of these rules creates an offence under Section 154(r) of the Biosecurity Act 1993 and may initiate the regulatory procedures set out in Chapter 12.
The purpose of these rules is to prevent humans hindering the control of rooks. The birds are easily dispersed and require a settled environment for successful control operations.
Contact Environment Canterbury on 03 365 3828 if you suspect you have seen a Rook(s). Please do not attempt to shoot or otherwise disturb the birds. Environment Canterbury staff will inspect and control birds if feasible at no cost to landowners.
The biodiversity protection programmes incorporate organisms whose principal threat is to biodiversity values in the Canterbury region. It is a site-led approach and deals with all pests and any other organisms that pose a significant biodiversity threat to a particular targeted or high-value environmental area. Provision is made for targeted control to be undertaken in areas that may not necessarily meet the high-value criteria set out in 8.2.1 but for some other meritorious reason warrant action. For example, an area of low level of infestation close to but not adjacent to a high-value area.
The programme seeks to protect biodiversity values in targeted areas by reducing or eliminating the threats imposed by certain plants and animals. It does not impose obligations upon owners and occupiers of land to control these plants and animals in all instances, although Environment Canterbury will generally encourage people to do so and provide technical and other support for control programmes.
The opportunity exists for local areas to achieve more than can be achieved by Environment Canterbury in targeted areas or high-value environmental areas. Some areas may not meet the criteria for selection but there may be a local desire to undertake control of these pests in a particular area. To accommodate local initiatives, this Strategy provides for the establishment of Community Initiative Programmes to deal with Biodiversity pests.
Animal pests included in the Biodiversity Protection Programmes include:
Feral Cats (Felis catus)
Feral Goats (Capra hircus)
Ferret (Mustela furo)
Weasel (Mustela nivalis)
Stoat (Mustela ermine)
German wasp (Vespula germanica)
European wasp (Vespula vulgaris)
Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)
Feral Deer - Red Deer (incl. hybrids) (Cervus elaphus)
Fallow Deer (Dama dama)
Feral Pigs (Sus scrofa)
Magpies (Gymnorhina tibicen)
Argentine ant (Linepithema humile)
European hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus)
Norway rat (Rattus norvegicus)
Ship rat (Rattus rattus)
RD1 website - A range of Pests and their control
Predator Trapping best practice 2005 (doc 64 kB)
Ferret Management (doc 74 kB)
Mustelid control factsheet HBRC (pdf 243 kB)
Mustelids factsheet ARC (pdf 154 kB)
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