PICTON DAWN CHORUS
Picton Dawn Chorus is a community group with the aim of controlling predators in Picton/Waikawa and the surrounding hills to restore the native bird life and support the work at Kaipupu Point.
When Captain Cook came to the Queen Charlotte Sound in 1770, his botanist, Joseph Banks, described the dawn chorus he heard in his journal.
"This morn I was awakd by the singing of the birds ashore from whence we are distant not a quarter of a mile, the numbers of them were certainly very great who seemd to strain their throats with emulation perhaps; their voices were certainly the most melodious wild musick I have ever heard, almost imitating small bells...."
Sadly, with the introduction of countless pest mammals, many of our forests have fallen silent. Particularly rodents (rats and mice), mustelids (weasels, stoats and ferrets) and possums are considered some of the most damaging pests. Picton Dawn Chorus is an Incorporated Society, set up by a group of passionate Picton residents with the aim of controlling introduced predators in order to restore our native bird life.
The Society is committed to using humane and environmentally sensitive methods of pest control focusing initially on the Snout and Victoria Domain and then the Wedge followed by Picton/Waikawa townships. Traps are set out and maintained by volunteers.