Invertebrate monitoring

Invertebrates play an incredibly important role in the native ecosystem, and yet their conservation and monitoring is often overlooked or ignored.


We are excited to begin a new invertebrate monitoring campaign during this year's citizen science month (August). This will be an easy, fun and informative task and will allow us to have a better look into the bugs of Kaipatiki.


Invertebrates is simply a blanket term for all things without a solid spine, these include spiders, insects, snails, centipedes, and more. We are looking to see the ratios of native to invasive invertebrates, and where pockets of invasive/natives reside.


To get involved in this campaign, it is as simple as finding invertebrates in your back yards, streets, parks and reserves, and then using iNaturalist to take a photo and identify the invertebrate. We will be hosting a competition, and the person with the most individual invertebrates discovered shall receive a prize


Instructions on how to get started (please note these methods are not harmful and invertebrates found are released after sampling):

Step 1: Begin by selecting one or both bug sampling methods below:

Pitfall trap instructional guide: Click here                                            Light trap instructional guide: Click here















Step 2: Identify what you have found, and record your observation! You never know if you might discover something entirely new to science.

a: Download the iNaturalist mobile app to your smart phone or device (iOS or Android from the app store)

b: Create an iNaturalist account using your personal email address and a unique password.

c: Join the collection iNaturalist Project, called “Pest Free Kaipatiki - Invertebrate Campaign” 

d: Begin making observations! Simply take a photo of the species (safely!); you can upload the photo later if needed.

Please note:

  • You don’t need to know what it is! You can make an initial guess (perhaps you know it is a beetle but don’t know the species). The app software will guess what species it is based on the image taken - so try and take as clearer image as possible. The observation will also be released to the community to “crowdsource” the identification once you submit it. Check back to see what they identify!

  • All observations need to be wild invertebrates, and not captive, unless you keep pet spiders!

  • Submit to the PFK iNaturalist project Pest Free Kaipatiki - Invertebrate Campaign

There are no rules on where you should find the invertebrates, you can just go for a nice photo shoot in the garden. All invertebrates count, from 1000 legs to none!

At the end of the month (August), a prize draw will be made for those who have participated so get involved! :)

If you have any troubles with iNaturalist, or uploading to the PFK project, don't hesitate to email us at"


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Detect Predators

Instructional guide


Identify Pest Plants

Instructional guide


Stream Health

Instructional guide

Monitor Bird Life

Instructional guide


Forest Photography

Instructional guide

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We would like to acknowledge the generosity of all our supporters and stakeholders, but most especially:

The Regional Environment and

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