HOW YOU CAN HELP US: SMARTPHONE LAUNCH FOR ROADKILL DATA COLLECTION ….. COMING YOUR WAY SOON!

WTPSince 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.

DATA COLLECTION

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.

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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:

roads@ewt.org.za

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About wendy collinson

Originally hailing from the UK, Wendy gained her Bachelor of Education in 1990, and spent 15 years teaching Physical Education in London to high school students. She moved to South Africa in 2005, beginning work as a research assistant with large carnivores, working on research projects initiated by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Wendy’s education background has stood her in good stead as a tour guide, since she believes in an interactive approach, engaging guests in specialist carnivore research tours. In addition to her research and tours, Wendy is also the main organiser of the aptly named “BIKE4BEASTS” mountain bike race, organised annually to raise funds for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (www.bike4beast.coza) Wendy is a field worker with the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife and Transport Programme. She recently completed her Master’s degree at Rhodes University, Grahamstown South Africa, which examined the impacts of roads on South African wildlife.
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