31 Jan 2013

Dry weather best time to trap possums

10:07 am on 31 January 2013

Hawke's Bay Regional Council says the dry conditions mean it's a great time for farmers to step up their possum control.

Council biosecurity officer Dean Roughton says with less pasture around possums are moving on to trees and garden plants, making it easier to get at them.

He says filling possum bait stations in these conditions can be a good way to lower the number of any hungry possums.

Mr Roughton says the council and farmers have been battling possums for 10 years in the region and their numbers are now down to less than 2% of what they were.

He says as a result, native and plants and wildlife, particularly tui, fantails and kereru, have bounced back.