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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.

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

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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