The Tasman Environment Trust is helping mobilise the community to donate and volunteer towards significantly reducing invasive wasp populations in Nelson and Tasman at the region’s favourite recreational and tourism spots.
The Common and German Wasp Wasps are New Zealand’s ultimate villain towards humans and nature alike. The species we’re focussing on (German and common) were introduced. They wreak havoc on our environment, killing native birds, young bats, insects, lizards and honey bees. Wasps also feed off honeydew, a valuable food source for native fauna and honey bees. They cost the NZ economy more than $130 million a year.
They also attack, injure, and have been known to kill humans. The biomass (total weight of wasps in Nelson and Tasman) exceeds all other pests in New Zealand, including possums, stoats and rats. There are a million hectares of beech forest in the South Island and over 5, and up to 40, wasp nests per hectare.
The Benefits of a Wasp Wipeout
Flourishing biodiversity in the Nelson and Tasman regions
The return of native birds and birdsong Reclaiming recreational spaces for our families and community
Working with partners including the Nelson Mail, Department of Conservation, and local council and pest control groups we will launch a major offensive in February against the wasps by distributing bait stations at designated sites.
We do need to be realistic. A bait blitz won’t eradicate wasps in Nelson but it will substantially reduce the wasp population. While scientists are working on more advanced measures to wipe them out completely this is an important first step in rolling out the programme nationwide and attracting significant funding from Government and other organisations. 100% of the funds raised go to the Tasman Environmental Trust to support its work during the Wasp Wipeout