Project Early Bird

Project Early Bird – Predator Trapping Community Project

In 2018, concerned with the lack of birdsong at our beloved Lake Matheson, we started a community trapping project, in conjunction with the Department of Conservation, to combat predators and protect our birds and invertebrates, including endangered fernbirds and recently released Rowi kiwi, working towards DOC's Predator Free 2050 goal of sustainability in NZ and also bringing back the birdlife for our Early Bird Tour  and evening guided tours at Lake Matheson. We now have nearly 100 x DOC 200 traps in this area and 10 regular volunteers.

This project will be ongoing, with the intention of extending it up to the new Lake Gault track in this area. To donate to this project towards sustainability in our area, please phone us on 0800 925 586 or email

See our Facebook page for more info or to volunteer:
For more info on Predator Free NZ see