Ecological Assessment & Monitoring

Services

We use a practical approach, together with technological expertise and innovation, to provide quick, cost-effective and accurate data capture, assessment and monitoring.

Resource Data Capture

  • Data capture for GIS users
  • Innovative use of mobile mapping and data capture (link to mobile GIS)
  • Mapping and analysis of existing databases
  • Combined capture of a variety of data on vegetation, environmental and production parameters.
  • Weeds and pests - collection of data on distribution and abundance
  • Urban trees and vegetation - identification, mapping and condition assessment

Ecological assessment

  • Overviews of ecosystems and ecological processes
  • Vegetation mapping and analysis for a wide variety of uses from biodiversity enhancement to fire planning

Monitoring

  • Working with clients to develop focused and cost-effective monitoring plans that identify what parameters to assess and how to measure them.
  • Assisting with analysis of data (captured either by us or the client).
  • Specialist areas of monitoring include:
    • Vegetation condition
    • Pest animals
    • Pest plants (weeds)

Projects

Examples of projects include:

  • Re measurement of forest and coastal vegetation plots for the Wellington City Council.
  • Assessment of Phormium Yellow Leaf Disease in the Wellington area.
  • Audio monitoring of wetland birds at Wairarapa Moana (Lake Wairarapa).
  • Monitoring of tawa fruiting at a large Manawatu reserve.
  • Native Forest Monitoring - Guide for Forest Owners & Managers: This was a major Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Management Fund (SMF) funded project to develop indicators and monitoring for native forest ecosystems. The project involved research, trialing of monitoring methods, and consultation throughout New Zealand, culminating in publication of a guide book in June 2000. This publication has been enthusiastically received. It is widely known and used by forest managers. See it online here.
  • "Whatbird" Online Bird Identification Tool: Whatbird is a practical online bird identification tool for community groups, landowners and others involved in biodiversity monitoring. It provides images, audio, distribution maps and text to help users identify and learn about bird species. This tool was developed with financial assistance from the Terrestrial and Freshwater Biodiversity Information System (TFBIS) Programme funded by the New Zealand Government. Visit www.whatbird.co.nz
  • Assessment of a sample of high value conservation areas in the Manawatu-Wanganui region: Current status of the areas was assessed and threats to forest health examined.
  • Bird Surveys: Ongoing monitoring of the relative abundance of birds in a Palmerston North City Council water supply reserve, using 5 minute counts and other methods.