November 2018 – Rats and rare birds

Controlling rats is the key to creating a healthy forest. Rats eat almost everything. They eat the fruits and the seeds that fall on the forest floor so there are few seedlings to replenish the forest or for the native insects in the leaf litter to eat. Rats eat the native invertebrates – like beetles, weta, grubs and worms – which are also food for birds like robins. Rats eat birds’ eggs and chicks in the nest. This is devastating for kereru which only lay one egg in a nest. So it is no ...
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