A monitoring programme is in place to determine the health of the communities of plants and animals living in the parks and forests. Surveys are also regularly conducted to help us to learn more about the indigenous ecosystems in these areas.
Monitoring techniques used include assessments of bird abundance, tree growth, seedling growth, changes in forest composition, flowering and fruiting abundance and the impacts of pests.
Pest numbers are also monitored to determine the success of pest control operations.
Surveys for introduced insects and pathogens are completed regularly, as the forests are close to international transport routes.
Research projects are also undertaken where necessary to aid our management of the indigenous ecosystems.