Tag Archives: monitoring

Monitoring techniques for vertebrate pests – Feral pigs

The purpose of this manual is to provide details of the techniques available to monitor vertebrate pests in Australia. By providing a step-by-step description of each technique it will be possible to standardise many monitoring programs and make valid comparisons of abundance and damage across the nation. This is becoming increasingly important for the states, […]

Long-term automated monitoring of the distribution of small carnivores

A new automated monitoring device for small carnivores, the Scentinel®, is a ?smart? tracking tunnel. It records time, date, weight and a digital photograph of every animal visiting it, and stores the data to be downloaded on command. This paper describes a field trial aiming, first, to verify the Scentinel?s species identifications against those given […]

Control of pest mammals for biodiversity protection in Australia. I. Patterns of control and monitoring

Foxes, wild dogs, feral cats, rabbits, feral pigs and feral goats are believed to have deleterious impacts on native biodiversity in Australia. However, although considerable resources have been expended controlling these six species, little is known about national patterns and costs of control and monitoring. We therefore conducted a survey of pest-control operations undertaken by […]

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 […]