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Parapara Valley Environment Group

Rodent trap
Rodent trap

The Parapara Environment Group, an Incorporated Society, was formed in 2006. The members are residents and landowners in the Parapara basin & adjacent hills from the Parapara causeway of SH60, westward to the bottom of the gorge and the Glen Gyle Gully. Its purpose is to protect and enhance the natural environment of the area.

We do this by trapping and some weed pest control. Some of the old tracks from the mining era have been re-instated to allow easier access.

The area has several trap lines with about 250 traps - DoC 150s and Victor Professionals. In the time we have been operating we have despatched in excess of 300 stoats, 2900 rats, 30 weasels and 1400 mice.

The bird life of the area

Blue duck (supplied by DoC)
Blue duck (supplied by DoC)

The bird life of the area is a wide mix of land and estuarine birds and we hope that over time we will see Whio again in the lower Parapara River. The water of the river is very clean, being one with no farmed land draining into it.