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    In this activity, students make a tracking tunnel to monitor the presence of pest species in a neighbouring gully or their school grounds.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • understand the uses of tracking tunnels in conservation
    • create a functional tracking tunnel
    • identify any tracks present in their tracking tunnel
    • decide on a plan of action if any tracks are present.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • discussion questions
    • extension ideas
    • student instruction.

    Related content

    Find out how a weasel going through a tracking tunnel at  ZEALANDIA was the first sign of that this pest had got past the predator-proof fence. 

    Useful links

    For more information about identifying tracks of different pest species visit the National Pest Control Agencies website.

    Online guide to help identify the signs left by pest animals.

    The Backyard Sanctuaries website has lots of information on traps, our wildlife, pests, workshops and more.

      Published 8 July 2010 Referencing Hub articles