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Pest animals and management
Managing pest animals is essential if we are to preserve the native fauna and flora of Aotearoa / New Zealand.
The introduction of predating and browsing animals has led to many extinctions and continues to threaten our remaining fauna and flora. Introduced animals also compete with native species for territory, reducing their available habitat.
We need to control introduced animals to preserve our native birds, bats, lizards, frogs, insects, freshwater fish and plants.
New to conservation? See our Guide to controlling pest animals.
Start with these resources
Animal Pests A-Z
A quick guide to some of the animal pests present in New Zealand and why they are such a threat to New Zealand's biodiversity.
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Auckland community ecological monitoring guide
Select the best methods for managing, restoring or studying the diverse ecosystems found in Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland.
Freshwater pest species of New Zealand
Information on pest freshwater fish, invertebrates and plants in Aotearoa / New Zealand.
Record trap, bait, monitoring and biodiversity outcome data. This free app allows you to capture, record and understand your pest control progress and monitoring data.
Store and organise your data from trap-lines, bait-lines and tracking tunnels. Suitable for community groups and pest control projects.
National Pest Control Agencies publications
A range of publications with up-to-date, practical information on the control of vertebrate pests.
A practical guide to trapping
A practical guide to trapping, suitable for beginners to experienced trappers.
Predator free NZ resources
Guides on how to safety trap predators, including information on where to buy equipment.
Pest Animal Standard Operating Procedure template
Internal document about departmental best practice.
Wasp control using Vespex
Learn how to become an approved user in running a wasp control programme with Vespex.
Review of exclusion fencing
A DOC report on cost effectiveness of the predator/browser fencing for pest animal management.
Low height predator fencing (Zero Invasive Predators)
Technical report on effectiveness of a more affordable low height predator fence.
Sitting on the fence: Are predator-proof fences a solution to New Zealand's biodiversity challenges
An article by Lincoln Ecology that weighs up the pros and cons of the predator-proof fence.
Ecological collaboration and tracking. Engage and record community information and interactions. This software when configured allows you to organise your operation into neighbourhoods and collect a range conservation management data.
Identify footprints left by shorebirds and their common predators using an online reference guide.
Apps and web software for online data collection
What tools are available, feature comparisons and what groups are using.
Animal pest inventory and monitoring
A module describing methods for inventory and monitoring animal pests.
Predator control data standards
This predator control data standard offers a common data format to facilitate data management, data sharing, and data aggregation.
Looking after your traps
It’s really important to maintain your traps so they keep getting results. See these quick tips for community groups and ‘expert’ trappers.
Using baits and lures
Some tried and tested baits and lures for predator control from Predator Free NZ
Traps, baits and lures advanced tips and tricks
Discover new ways to take your trapping skills to the next level. Get hands-on advice about trapping in the bush, your backyard and beyond.