Happy Conservation Week!
Earlier this month I attended the annual dinner for the Marlborough Bat Recovery Project, at 'The Slip Inn' in Havelock, hosted by the Conservation Project Manager at the Pelorus Scenic Reserve, Gillian Dennis, who is seen receiving an electronic, cruelty-free rat trap to assist with their pest control in the most humane way.
The survival of the Long Tailed bat has been badly affected by mammal predators, such as rats, possums and stoats, and a volunteer pest control program was instituted in 2012 to reduce pest numbers. Five Elements has been involved with the bat recovery program since its inception.
Jenny Easton, a well deserving volunteer who organises the roster of the many other volunteers who clear the ‘traplines’ is seen receiving a very recently launched Five Elements ‘gift set’.
The traps have to be cleared of trapped pests and re-baited once-a-week, a job done by a team of volunteers. Jenny ensures that the clearance program runs efficiently. All in attendance at the annual dinner also received an Organic Lip Balm, by way of appreciation for the great work that they are doing in promoting ‘Clean Green New Zealand'.