Collecting data on pests
Why is it important?
Collecting information about pest animals and plants is extremely important. Having accurate information on pest animals and pest weeds and pest control activity, has a number of benefits, including:
learning more about these pest species,
knowing where to focus efforts,
more effective and efficient efforts to control pests.
Ultimately, the more people who collect and report pest data, the more we can protect native species.
By taking the time to add your data, you will help to restore the native ecosystems of Kaipātiki and New Zealand.
How can you help?
What data can you report?
There are 3 main types of data that you can collect and report:
Pest weeds - reporting location, status and and control information
Pest animals - including trapping, baiting, and monitoring
Volunteer activity - reporting on volunteering hours and activity types
Pest plants & weeds
Visit our page dedicated to reporting of pest weeds: EcoNet CAMS Weed App.
EcoNet.NZ is a charitable trust set up to support conservation and restoration activities and 'CAMS' stands for Conservation Activity Management System.
Pest animals data
PFK supports and recommends using Trap.NZ to collect and share your visits to traps and bait stations. Trap.NZ can also be used for pest monitoring, such as chew cards.
You can use Trap.NZ via their mobile app or desktop computer.
For help in getting started with Trap.NZ, visit their help pages at help.trap.nz
There are 4 steps:
Register an account with Trap.NZ
Join the PFK project relevant to you
Add a device (e.g. trap or bait station)
Record visits to your device (e.g. succesful and unsuccesful catches, bait checks, end of pulse, etc)
If you don't want to use Trap.NZ, then please use a form to report your pest animal activity:
For trapping: PFK Trapping Record Form (v1.3 2022)
For baiting: PFK Bait Station Record Form (v1.3 2022)
Send each completed form to your coordinator or to VolunteerSquad@pestfreekaipatiki.org.nz
Reporting on Volunteer Activity
We are in the process of creating a new reporting form for you to report volunteer activity and events easily and quickly. Please record your volunteer activity manually on your computer or on paper, until we have our new form in place.
Volunteer Engagement and reporting of data
To date, the local community have recorded thousands of pest weed instances in the Kaipātiki area. The community then uses this information to track weed control activities.
Predator control activities can also be easily recorded, such as bait station visits and predator trapping.
This data allows Pest Free Kaipātiki to track the work of volunteers in ecological halos in addition to a wide range of ecological and conservation work and events.
How does data collection and reporting help to control weeds and to restore our natural environment?
Recording and Reporting:
Reporting of pest weeds can be done to indicate their location on a map.
Pest weed reporters can indicate how big the infestation is by adding area or height, helping those planning to tackle those weeds.
People report whether a weed has been removed or controlled, or if it needs someone to visit the sites, reducing wasted visits to sites that have been dealt with.
For more info on weed control, see our Pest Plant Resources page
Once the weed is controlled, report it.
If it's not controlled, volunteer street or neighbourhood champions can monitor activity and status to target certain weeds.
Once weeds are removed or controlled, it is good to have a plan to restore the area by promoting or planting native plants. This minimises the need for repeat visits.
Events such as planting bees or those that provide post-planting care can also be recorded.
Recording hours and activities:
You can record your group's projects and activities, the number of volunteers, the hours worked, the amount of rubbish and weeds removed, trees planted, etc.
Volunteer numbers and hours worked can be recorded as a bulk figure or on an individual basis.