Pest Animal Monitoring

Pest Animal Monitoring

Pest animal monitoring in both native and plantation areas is a requirement of FSC certification and important for being able to cost effectively target pest control operations.

Services delivered by Target Pest are underpinned by:

  • Staff experienced in the design, fieldwork and data analysis of monitoring programmes.
  • NPCA approved operating certificate
  • Consistent approach and documented procedures
  • Cost effectiveness and competitiveness
  • Commitment to health and safety in the forest

Pest animals covered Possums browse the new growth of native and planted trees

  • Possum – RTC (using wax block or leg hold traps)
  • Rabbits – Modified McLean Scale
  • Hares – Aligned with modified McLean Scale or night counts
  • Mustelids, Rats and Cats (monitor/control for conservation reasons)
  • Deer, Pigs and Goats

Monitoring methods

Formal monitoring systems such as the RTC are comprehensive, both in design and delivery. Several options are available for implementing pest animal monitoring within forests.

  • Using full protocols for design, delivery and analysis of results. Obtains statistically sound results, good opportunity for trend monitoring.
  • Stratification or sampling ‘management areas’ (trend lines). Uses elements of formal monitoring programmes but don’t waste monitoring resource on areas of low pest animal density.