Love My Backyard, All Year Round

26th October 2017

Conservation Week is run by DOC each year to encourage people to get involved in nature and help to take care of it and has been going since 1969.

Conservation Week in 2017 ran from 14–22 October and encouraged you to “love your backyard” through getting involved in activities and events either in your own backyard or in our big New Zealand backyard.

There are heaps of places that need some love to help bring back our native birds, and protect our wildlife. Activities like trapping pests, planting natives, weeding and clean-ups in your own backyard and with local community groups all help.

Conservation Week is now over for another year, so lets use the resources and ideas generated during the week inspire us for the rest of the year! Here’s how you can keep loving your backyard, all year round:

Keep trapping

It’s easy to check your trap regularly and keep the bait fresh when you first put it in your yard. Especially if you’re catching lots of rats and mice. But it’s also easy to forget about your backyard trap when you’re not catching many. The birds and lizards in your garden are still vulnerable though, and the best way you can protect them is by keeping up your trapping efforts.

Try connecting to a local group (or starting your own!). If you’re part of a connected programme, not only will you be more effective at getting rid of the rats because everyone traps at the same time, but you’re more likely to remember to do it regularly as most neighbourhood programmes have good reminder emails. Here’s a great resource on how to create a ‘Living Neighbourhood’ from Gecko – it’s worth checking out!

Plan to plant more natives

Planting a native during Conservation Week was a great start, but don’t stop there! Natives can be planted throughout the year, and by continuing to plant them in your garden you will be providing food and shelter for many of our native animals.

Join a community group for regular motivation

Many local conservation community groups meet regularly to look after their local area. Joining one of the groups near you is a great way to be regularly reminded to get out and look after our nature. Plus, you’ll meet like-minded neighbours and maybe even make a friend or two!

If there isn’t one near you, start one

A great way to start a predator-free community group is by getting in touch with your local Predator Free Ranger. They’ll be able to help you explore options and provide information to get you started.

Make time to get outside and explore our big, beautiful backyard

Spending time in nature is great for your health and wellbeing, so get out there and make it Conservation Week every week.

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