The streets of North Dunedin are no longer safe for predators, with almost 90 student flats now trapping from their backyards.

Less ratties in flatties

North Dunedin is one of City Sanctuary’s three urban trapping sites where 1 in 10 households are backyard trapping. 

The aim of our backyard trapping areas is to reduce predator numbers while finding out which trap types are most effective in urban areas, what motivates people to trap, and what resources are required for long-term predator control.

We have rodent and possum traps in mostly student flats spanning from Queen Street to Harbour Terrace and down to Frederick Street.

Backyard trapping in North Dunedin will contribute toward our trapping networks across the Town Belt, Woodhaugh Gardens and the Botanic Garden.

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Student trappers

"I’ve always had a respect for the unique natural environment we have in NZ and was super keen to be a small part of the conservation effort. I’d never trapped before and flatting next to the town belt this year meant it made perfect sense to set some traps up." - Toby, North Dunedin trapper

Information for landlords

If you're interested in having a trap at a property you own in North Dunedin, please get in touch: [email protected]

  • Traps are easy to use, humane kill tested and safe around pets
  • We don't use any poisons or toxins in our traps
  • Traps are located outside and kept in safety housing to protect pets
  • Carcasses can be buried or disposed of in the rubbish bin
  • City Sanctuary provides training and support for backyard trappers

Find out more about backyard trapping