Annual bird count survey

Published on 02 October 2020


Have you had lots of fantails and tuis visiting your place lately? The results are in from the annual Upper Hutt bird count survey and they’re available at The survey shows that while you should be seeing plenty of tui, silvereye, fantail and kingfisher around, some of our other native birds are struggling.

Pest Free Upper Hutt have teamed up with the Upper Hutt Menzshed, and are doing great work trapping predators like rats, stoats, and weasels that are targeting our native birds and their eggs. Now is a particularly precarious time, with young spring chicks especially vulnerable.

The humane rat traps come with a tunnel that keeps the trap away from birds, cats, dogs and young children. The traps can be baited with peanut butter.

Rat traps with tunnels are available from Pest Free Upper Hutt. They appreciate a koha of up to $20 to help fund further traps and tunnels. If you’re keen to help look after our native birds, get involved by placing a trap next to your compost bin, in your back yard, or become a coordinator.

Get in touch with Pat at Pest Free Upper Hutt on 021 145 9789 or email Let them know your street and suburb and the local coordinator will get in touch with you.