Volunteer for Wasp Wipeout – help DOC staff protect native species from one of the most damaging insect pests and volunteer for Wasp Wipeout operations in Nelson Tasman
Introduced wasps harm our native birds by competing for their food sources and attacking their young. They also attack native lizards and bats and are a nuisance for people enjoying the outdoors.
We’re inviting volunteers in Nelson Tasman and Malborough Sounds to work with DOC staff on this year’s Wasp Wipeout project. Each year, this project targets German and common wasp populations and reduces their numbers by more than 90%. Opportunites will run from mid-January to the end of March each year. This work is weather dependent, so dates can sometimes occur at short notice.
Volunteers will be trained to assist DOC staff put out bait stations and place bait in wasp prone areas. You’ll be supported with supervision while placing stations and bait.
You’ll need to be over 18 and have a moderate level of fitness. Volunteers will walk on a track for at least four hours while carrying a pack.
Wasp Wipeout was formed by Stuff.co.nz and is administered by the Tasman Environmental Trust.