Biosecurity research and monitoring

High quality monitoring and research is crucial to the ongoing success of our biosecurity programmes, including Towards Predator-Free Taranaki.

Note this page is currently under construction, with more reports and research findings soon to be added.

Trends in bird species occurrence and abundance in Taranaki (June 2021)

Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research was commissioned by the Council to analyse 5-minute bird count data collected as part of the Towards Predator-Free Taranaki project to assess trends in bird species occurrence and abundance following predator control.

It concluded trends suggest predator control is having a positive effect on native bird species occurrence and relative abundance, particularly at urban sites.

Trends in bird species June 2021 (1.4 MB pdf)

An application of the I3 framework to rat control in New Plymouth (June 2020)

Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research produced this report for Towards Predator-Free Taranaki and Taranaki Mounga Project, based on a survey of New Plymouth residents. Survey respondents were asked a series of questions on reducing rat numbers, trapping, their experience trapping rats or their reasons for not doing so.

The report found widespread support for an urban rat trapping programme and concluded personal contact is likely to be the most effective means of promoting and implementing it.

Urban rat trapping New Plymouth (1.1 MB pdf)