Biodiversity Survey and Monitoring

 

Bioresearches has a long track record of developing and implementing biodiversity and species-specific surveys and monitoring programmes. Our projects incorporate a wide range of plants and animals, from seagrass, lichens, marine benthic biota and shellfish to geckos, birds and bats.

 

Our clients include Auckland Council, Carter Holt Harvey Forests,  Marsden Cove Ltd., Matariki Forests, NZ Refining Co Ltd., NZ Steel, and Watercare. 

 

Our herpetologists played a key role in the design and implementation of a long term, standardised monitoring programme for native geckos for Auckland Council.  All gecko species known to occur on the Auckland mainland are nationally "At Risk".  The main objectives of the programme are to quantify presence, spatial distribution, relative abundance and population structure of various gecko species as identified from the programme.  Since the project development in 2010, Bioresearches has run a key component of the annual monitoring. Read more about it here.

 

In 2011, Bioresearches undertook a preliminary assessment of potential long-tailed bat habitat across the Auckland Region.  Long-tailed bats are a threatened species, classified as "Nationally Vulnerable".  The assessments covered potential habitats in the region's north, west and south-east, and included formal surveys using automatic bat monitoring equipment. Bioresearches built on those surveys in 2012 and has since reported some exciting findings to Council. These include new population discoveries north of Auckland near Riverhead, Wainui and Mt. Tamahunga. Bats were also found moving close to urban areas near Swanson.

This work is now being used by Auckland University students, to pinpoint roosting locations. Read about it here http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/rodney-times/9308275/Bats-secret-home-sought

 

 

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  Auckland green gecko                      Forest gecko                                   Pacific gecko