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Invertebrate monitoring

Morgan Coleman checks tracking tunnel card for footprints as part of monitoring programme (Photo by Sam Cave)

New Zealand is known for cutting edge technologies in pest control, pest eradication, and species management. The Predator Free Hawke’s Bay projects are helping expand these areas of research.

To measure the effectiveness of wide-scale pest-control in a highly modified agricultural landscape, an intensive research programme has been implemented. The programme is led by Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, and aided by Hawke’s Bay Regional Council (HBRC), iwi, hapū, the Department of Conservation (DOC), Biological Heritage National Science Challenge, local contractors, and volunteers.

There have been more than 40 research outputs since the programme began. Some of the areas researched include:

  • New methods of pest monitoring and control
  • Establishing baseline populations, monitoring recovery of native species and trialling new monitoring methodologies
  • The impacts of feral cat control on toxoplasmosis levels in sheep
  • The impacts our projects have on landowners and the community, including what motivates them to become involved in pest control and conservation
  • Habitat use and restoration needs of native species
  • Seabird translocations

If you want to find more about the research head to our resources page.

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