CatchIT is a one-stop shop for data management and analysis for community pest control
projects. We can store and organise your data from trap-lines, bait-lines, and
tracking tunnels, and we provide a suite of maps, graphics, and analyses to display
your results. We aim to help engage and motivate community volunteers by seeing their
data come to life on the screen. Into the future, we aim to provide a suite of tools
for scientific monitoring of bird and predator populations and project impact.
CatchIT is suitable for community projects, conservation management, and scientific research.
There is no charge or fee.
CatchIT is written by Sunil Patel and coordinated by Rachel Fewster of
the University of Auckland,
with input from Oliver Stevenson, Sophie Kincaid, and Daniel van Vorsselen,
and technical support from Prasanna Subramanian and Matiu Carr.
The project has been funded since 2011 by:
Graphics and outputs: updated!
Examples of our graphics are linked below.
- Kaipupu Portfolio: a portfolio of heatmaps,
catch-maps, and movie animations from Kaipupu Point -
Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary.
- Ark Portfolio: a portfolio of heatmaps,
catch-maps, and movie animations from Ark in the Park -
- ETET Portfolio: a portfolio of heatmaps,
catch-maps, and movie animations from East Taranaki
Environment Trust, including two-species movies showing rat and stoat catches
simultaneously, and high-definition PDF outputs.
- Making a portfolio: a short movie demo
showing how to obtain a project summary with just a few clicks.
- Interactive catch-maps.
Select an Area or Areas, and click Plot Catches to get started.
- Interactive bar
charts: shows trap catches over time, including personalised charts for volunteers.
Select an Area, click Load Graphics, and scroll down to see the graphics. Then start
exploring the other options. Written by Oliver Stevenson.
programme in action at Kaipara Flats in collaboration with The Forest Bridge Trust,
and featured in Mahurangi Matters newspaper:
2016 programme and
Check out their CatchIT Communities Blog: news, videos, tips and tricks for trappers everywhere.
A range of other charts and analyses will be created, and we can respond to specific requests from
users. We are able to continue developing charts and analyses into the distant future,
thanks to the limitless supply of smart Statistics students here at Auckland University.
Demo Videos: updated!
These demo movies are 1 to 3 minutes long and play with Shockwave Flash.
Demo videos for Project Administrators:
Advanced demo videos for Project Administrators:
- Area and Line Permissions. Give people permission to enter data for particular traplines or baitlines, or withdraw permission.
- Custom Fields and Special Messages. Add your own choice of data column to your Enter Data form, called a Custom Field: e.g. to record trap maintenance or a bird sighting. Also shows how to set a Special Message that will appear at the top of the Enter Data form for all users, e.g. to make an announcement or clarify data entry.
- Device Properties. Edit properties of traps and bait stations, such as trap names, location, trap type, and which line the trap appears on; and similarly for bait stations.
Try it out :
To try out the system, please contact Rachel Fewster
to obtain a user-account and password.
Then go here to log in:
CatchIT is data-management software for conservation projects in New Zealand.
For questions or comments, please contact Rachel Fewster.
The TFBIS Programme is funded by the NZ Government to help achieve the goals of the New Zealand
Biodiversity Strategy, and is administered by the Department of Conservation.