Online tracking & monitoring tools

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What is online tracking and monitoring?

Online tracking and monitoring not only provides accurate local catch records, but can be used nationwide to reveal the ‘bigger picture’ of biodiversity patterns across NZ.

There are several websites and apps which help people manage their pest control projects. They are used for recording trap, bait, monitoring, and biodiversity outcome data.

The maps and GPS (Global Positioning System) function shows where traps or bait stations are located. Most smartphones automatically include GPS capability, so group members can easily add catch numbers or other trap details from their phones. 

Below are some examples of free tracking software available for community groups. allows you to record and monitor your trapping and baiting. It includes a free app for both iOS and Android devices, so you can use it offline while out in the field with your smartphone and then sync to the website when you’re back online. You can create your own project or request to join an existing one. You can also sort results by species. 

Generating reports, graphs and maps will help you understand which traps are most effective and which areas need more work. You can also share them to update your group or community on social media and/or use them as part of funding applications or for project reports.

Download the Android app or the iOS app.


CatchIT offers free data management and analysis for community pest control projects. The University of Auckland developed the software. It stores data from traplines, bait lines, tracking tunnels, wax tags and more. Group volunteers or admin can sign in and enter their catches into the online database and also upload historical trapping records via Excel spreadsheets.

CatchIT provides a suite of maps, graphics, animations, and analyses to display trapping results and bait uptake. To try it out, contact Rachel Fewster for an account and password, then go to CatchIt online to sign in.