This course looks at the impacts of possums on forest health, using indicator species.


This technique looks at the impacts of possums on forest health, using indicator species.

The 2-day FBI course is based on the FBI field protocol from Landcare Research. It involves a lot of time in the field with technical experts, working on an actual FBI plot. Regular performance feedback is provided.

Monitoring techniques must be applied consistently so that the data collected is accurate and the studies can be replicated over time. That way, we can build a local and national picture of changes and trend. Monitoring is important to show our work is making a positive difference for conservation.

The course is for anyone who works or wants to work or volunteer in conservation, including:

  • regional council staff
  • volunteers
  • members of community groups, trusts and funding recipients.

The course is one of the three Inventory and Monitoring Methods courses. For more information see DOC’s monitoring and reporting system.


Before you begin the FBI course you must complete the Plant Identification field based course (2 days) or an equivalent qualification.

If you register for the FBI course we recommended you also register for and complete the Field Skills online course (2 hrs).

How to enrol

This DOC field skills course is delivered and administered by Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in partnership with DOC. For course dates, costs and venues, and how to enrol visit the NMIT website.

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