Biodiversity Ranger Supervisor Darrell Haworth explains the how and why of backyard trapping

Image: Jolan Kilkelly | ©


The community in Greymouth and Hokitika decided to celebrate Conservation Week in true West Coast style by building DOC150 traps to target pests and protect native birds in their backyards.

Community Rangers Lauren Kelley and Michelle Lambert organised a workshop for each town with generous support from local businesses, Mitre 10, ITM, International Panel & Lumber (West Coast) Ltd, Coast Toyota and Geotech Ltd who donated building supplies, advertising and funding to help purchase sixty DOC150 traps.

Two boys building trap with their father.
These boys have been checking their trap regularly since the event
Image: Jolan Kilkelly ©

Workshop facilities, tools and helping hands were also provided by Tai Poutini Polytechnic in Greymouth and the Westland Industrial Heritage Park in Hokitika.

Nearly 100 people turned out to the family-friendly workshops and participants of all ages enjoyed learning or teaching new skills, getting hands-on and working together for conservation.

"We're hoping to grow this into a Coast-wide community initiative; we've already received heaps of positive feedback and requests for follow-on workshops," says Community Ranger Lauren Kelley.

Three generations of a family build a trap together.
Three generations working together
Image: Michelle Lambert | DOC

To gauge interest and track how the programme grows, a project called West Coast Backyard Trapping has been set up on All members of the West Coast community are welcome to register their traps here.

If you live outside the Coast, find a trapping group in your area or get started with your own project by checking out or the Predator Free NZ website.

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