Since the start of the Roadkill Research and Mitigation Project, two years ago, there has been a huge amount of support from the public. It is staggering the response that we have had over the last year with many of you emailing us some appalling roadkill stories covering a vast network of roads in South Africa.
Awareness of roads as a threat to wildlife has been raised through our newsletters as well as a number of published media articles. Consequently, public concern has shown a willingness to assist with further collection of data. The collection of this data is twofold; firstly there is a need to identify ‘hotspot’ areas in the country where roadkill is high, and secondly, for roadkill numbers to be monitored on those roads and the data recorded.
One of our regular reporters is Vivian Jonker who has undertaken to provide data on all roadkill carcasses found on his route along the N14, and has clocked up some great data. Many of you have also emailed us asking how you can assist further with the project. One of our plans for this year is to develop a volunteer action group which will implement the use of a cell phone application to record and monitor roadkill.
The EWT is developing a software application that can be downloaded to a Smartphone which will enable the user to record roadkill. The software will provide accurate information such as the GPS co-ordinates of the roadkill (and therefore the road), as well as species identification through photographs. This information can then be catalogued at a central database and therefore provide a greater understanding of the magnitude of this threat. This simple-to-use method will soon be available to any volunteers willing to assist with the project.
A big thank you to all those who have emailed reports and data – please continue to do so to: