Bioresearches has an extensive track record of developing and implementing biodiversity and species-specific surveys and monitoring programmes. Our projects cover a wide range of plants and animals, from seagrass, lichens, marine benthic biota and shellfish to geckos, birds and bats.
Our herpetologists played a key role in the design and implementation of a long term, standardised native gecko monitoring programme for Auckland Council. All gecko species in the Auckland area (excluding islands) are nationally "At Risk". The main objectives of the programme are to confirm the presence of the various gecko species, quantify their abundance, identify their population structure and map out their spatial distribution. Since 2010, Bioresearches has run key components of the annual monitoring.
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 new findings to Auckland Council. These include new population discoveries north of Auckland near Riverhead, Wainui and Mt. Tamahunga. Bats were also found to be 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.