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New conservation training opportunity coming to Rotorua

The Introduction to Predator Trapping Methods short course is being held in Rotorua on May 21 and 22 and is aimed at anyone setting up new predator control programmes or wishing to review their current programme.

The course is facilitated by Beth Endres who manages conservation programmes delivered in partnership by the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology and DOC.

DOC Supervisor Caraline Abbott says DOC provides a number of free online courses to develop field skills on the DOC website “...but to have a workshop on trapping methods being delivered locally is a great opportunity to gain some practical skills to support ecology.”

At the end of the course participants should be able to use a range of technological systems and techniques to support conservation and contribute to sustainable stewardship of the environment.

“Trapping is an important part of conservation and in the right conditions traps are a great tool in the pest control toolbox.” Abbott says.

The workshop is being held at Hell’s Gate, Tikitere and costs $154.

Registration and further information on the Introduction to Predator Trapping Methods workshop is via the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology website.

Questions about the workshop can be directed to [email protected].