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Pest monitoring

Controlling pest plants and pest animals is the best thing your restoration group can do for conservation. Robust, yet simple monitoring methods are essential to check the effectiveness of your control methods.


Norway rat. Rod Morris

Animal pest monitoring

When monitoring the outcomes of pest animal control methods, simply recording kill rates can give a very helpful understanding of how successful you are. Using tracking tunnels and wax blocks along transects will also allow the presence (or absence) of animals to be recorded over time.

NatureWatch NZ, for identification, surveillance and monitoring and distribution of pest animals.
Animal pest inventory and monitoring, Department of Conservation
Predator free 2050 toolkit - how to monitor rats and stoats, DOC
Predator free 2050 toolkit - how to monitor possums, DOC
FORMAK supplies great tools for animal pest monitoring and recommends how they can best be used
Wax tags and chew cards available at
Photos of browsing damage and scats from Wellington Restoration Day 2012
Chew card landcare protocol, Andrew Sinclair, Whakaupoko Landcare
Landcare Research Chew card a Guide to the Interpretation of Animal Tooth-Impressions
Tracking tunnels and guide to interpreting tracks from tracking tunnels available at
Pest Detective, a resource to help you identify pests

Plant pest monitoring

Pest plants can be monitored by recording the abundance within quadrats or transects and by using the FORMAK kit, as described in the followed page, Vegetation monitoring.

For more information pest plant identification go to Controlling pest plants

Key for identifying the weed species of New Zealand, Landcare Research
Information about weed species of New Zealand, Weedbusters

Once established plants have been killed off, seasonal monitoring of any new seedlings will be important in ensuring that they do not re-invade.

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