Baseline Ecological Research
In 2005 a team of researchers and students from the Department of Botany at the University of Otago undertook baseline research on the vegetation, bird and invertebrate life on Pomona and Rona Islands. This research allows us to monitor the improvements in vegetation, bird and invertebrate life on both islands as a result of our pest eradication programme.
Part of the baseline ecological research comprised a study of insects, flies, bugs and spiders on Pomona and Rona Islands. A large number of different species were caught using methods such as light traps, nets and pitfall traps. Improvements in the number of invertebrate species, especially weta, are already being see on on both islands now that pests have been removed.
Thanks to the Leslie Hutchins Conservation Foundation for supporting this important baseline research project.