Date: 28 August 2009
Rat-free islands open to all - except pests!
Welcome back to rat-free Urupukapuka Island camp sites – but please pest-check your gear before you get here.
That’s the message from the Department of Conservation whose Bay of Islands Area rangers manage the camp sites in Urupukapuka, Cable and Sunset Bays.
The Visitor and Historic Assets team has also been part of the DOC crew that managed the June rodent eradication programme in the Eastern Bay of Islands. The programme was in preparation for Project Island Song, an initiative led by the Guardians of the Bay to restore flora and fauna to the Bay.
A condition of the consent which permitted the eradication included a period of camps closure to allow for dispersal of the brodifacoum rat bait which had been used.
‘Our monitoring team is now satisfied that the camps can be re-opened for the new season,” said the programme manager of Visitor and Historic Assets, for the Bay of Islands area office, Dene Harrison.
“So we welcome campers back to Urupukapuka, and as the islands are rat-free and the Guardians are working on mainland pest control, we do ask campers to be very careful about what they bring on holiday,” said Dene.
All boats, tents, tarps and any camping equipment that have been stored at home over winter needs to be thoroughly checked for rats, mice or ants and all food containers must have securely fitting lids.
“Please, thoroughly pest-check your gear and boat before coming to the Bay. It is essential that whatever you bring is rat, mice and ant-free,” said Dene. “All campers and boaties in the Bay are asked to do their bit to help the Guardians of the Bay and DOC to keep the islands healthy.”