Introduction

This module describes methods to inventory and monitor animal pests including herbivores, rodents, mustelids and lagomorphs.

How to use this module

Introduction

How to decide the best method for animal pest monitoring (PDF, 648K)
Read this introduction and consult the comparative tables and decision trees to help you decide the method(s) best suited for your project objectives.

Method description

Night counts for rabbits (PDF, 722K)
This method uses spotlights to estimate the relative abundance of rabbit populations.

Trap catch for possums (PDF, 691K)
This method estimates the relative densities of possum populations.

Snap traps for rodents (PDF, 548K)
This method will give you a coarse index of the relative abundance of rodent populations.
Find out how to apply snap traps in the field (PDF, 1,069K).

Tracking tunnels of small mammals (PDF, 608K)
This method will give you a coarse index of the relative abundance of rodents or mustelids.
Find out how to apply tracking tunnels in the field (PDF, 1,029K)

Faecal pellet counts (PDF, 530K)
This method describes faecal pellet counts as an index of abundance for deer. 

Wallaby counts (PDF, 2,220K)
This method describes a case study which uses distance sampling to estimate the density and abundance of Bennett’s wallaby in South Canterbury, New Zealand.

Factsheet

Tier 1 possum monitoring trials factsheet (PDF, 902K)

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