Tag Archives: monitoring

Improving the efficiency of wildlife monitoring by estimating detectability: a case study of foxes (Vulpes vulpes) on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Demonstrating the existence of trends in monitoring data is of increasing practical importance to conservation managers wishing to preserve threatened species or reduce the impact of pest species. However, the ability to do so can be compromised if the species in question has low detectability and the true occupancy level or abundance of the species […]

Introduced mammals in Australian rangelands: Future threats and the role of monitoring programmes in management strategies

In the present paper, we have provided an initial assessment of the current and future threats to biodiversity posed by introduced mammals (predators and herbivores) inhabiting the Australian rangelands, exploring trends in populations and options for management. Notably, rabbits have declined in recent years in the wake of rabbit haemorrhagic disease, populations of feral camels […]

Monitoring abundance of foxes and cryptic threatened species using microsatellite analysis of faecal pellets.

One of the greatest challenges in endangered animal species management is estimating abundance of endangered animals and the feral pests that contribute to their endangerment. Current methods for estimating abundance and recruitment involve either observation of tracks and signs (which are not easily related to absolute abundance) or capture, mark and release of individuals. Such […]

The West Coast Integrated Pest Management Program: A coordinated community approach to pest management on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Over 400 landholders on central and western Eyre Peninsula, South Australia, are involved in the West Coast Integrated Pest Management Program, a Natural Heritage Trust-funded program which is managed by a partnership of four state and regional agencies. Central to the philosophy and success of the program is a coordinated, landscape scale approach to pest […]

National Feral Animal Control Program Projects

The National Feral Animal Control Program (NFACP) has been established under the Australian Government’s Natural Heritage Trust to develop and implement, in cooperation with State, Territory and Local Governments, a program to reduce the damage to agriculture caused by pest animals. The focus of NFACP is applied research/demonstration projects which are likely to have a […]

The use of trapping records to monitor populations of stoats Mustela erminea and weasels M. nivalis: the importance of trapping effort

1. Trapping and hunting records are frequently used as an index of animal abundance. This study demonstrates that these records can be misleading if sampling effort is not controlled for. 2. Mean numbers of stoats Mustela erminea and weasels M. nivalis trapped by British gamekeepers have been decreasing since 1975 and 1961 respectively, giving rise […]