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    Got this mail this morning:

    Public can help with Roadkill Project

    Bridgestone South Africa has called on motorists to chip in and report animal roadkills to the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) to assist in data collection. The EWT, with Bridgestone as a sponsor, has been actively collecting roadkill data on South African roads for the last year through its Wildlife and Roads Project. A national campaign was also launched to encourage members of the public to assist with roadkill data collection through the reporting of their sightings.

    "The campaign has been very successful, and numerous volunteers have been collecting roadkill data, not just in South Africa, but also in Namibia and Botswana,” said Bridgestone PR Manager, Desirée van Niekerk.

    The project, which was launched with a highly successful study in 2012, has continued to collect data to identify roadkill hotspots. This data will ultimately help protect animals from vehicles and vehicles from animals. While many roadkill are small animals which pose no danger to motorists, a crash involving larger animals like buck can be fatal.

    Head of the EWT's Wildlife and Roads project, Wendy Collinson says that over 5000 roadkill data points had already submitted by members of the public. “More data will help us to accurately assess the level of impact that roads and traffic pose to our wildlife," Collinson said.

    “Participants should specify the location of the roadkill (preferably GPS co-ordinates), try to identify the species seen and record the date on which it was seen,” she explained.” Recorded roadkill sightings and photographs can be sent to [email protected] and via the EWT's Road Watch South Africa smartphone app. “Once we receive a sighting, it is added to our database to help us improve the accuracy of our observations,” she added.

    Recording roadkill sightings is not just a way to help the EWT - there are also prizes up for grabs for the three members of the public who accurately record and submit the most roadkill sightings before January 31, 2015. The prizes include two Desert Fox five-litre fuel cells and two spotlight sets. To encourage reports from motorcyclists, who are more vulnerable to encounters with large animals on the roads, there are two Zeus ZS 2100B helmets on offer, a set of off-road tyres and five tyre repair kits.

    Bridgestone's van Niekerk reminded motorists that no roadkill was too large or small to be reported. “Whether it's a bird or lizard, a jackal, or even a Kudu, if you see a roadkill, call it in,” she said. “The EWT roadkill project is a valuable contribution to wildlife protection and road safety and we encourage all motorists to take part,” she concluded.

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    Good project.

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    We have an opportunity to really get involved with this project at the moment.

    I have been speaking to Wendy Collinson of the EWT who is the Manager of the Wildlife and Roads section under which the roadkill project falls.

    She has another project that is part of the whole roadkill/road ecology base called the Amphibian Reptile and Small Mammal Mitigation Project. This project is a study of roadkill up near Mapungupwe on the roads used to access the mines etc. She is looking for volunteers to help install some fencing that will be used to direct smaller animals towards the culverts that go under the road. The effectiveness of these fences will be studdied over a period of a month and then the fences will be removed.

    I have attached some docs she sent me with regards the full scope of this project and of the whole roadkill monitoring concept.

    Her current timing is that she would like the fences installed over the weekend of 31jan/1 Feb and then removed 21/22 Feb.

    She has a place for us to camp, I am still waiting for confirmation of GPS co-ords and I suspect we will need to be self sufficient in this regard. Apparently there will be toilets though. it's a 600km drive from Jhb.

    The info I have with regards the scope of work at the moment is as such:

    "Fencing will be 70 cm in height at a 45° angle to prevent species from hopping / jumping over the fence onto the road. In addition, 30cm of the fence will be buried beneath the ground to provide more stability, and lessen potential theft. Metal stakes (every 10m) will hold the fence in place.

    Placement of the fence will be randomly selected across four 250 m sections over a 2 km distance (within the identified hotspot; Table 1). This will allow for further monitoring of mitigated and unmitigated sections within the hotspot. Signage alerting drivers to ‘Entering a Roadkill Hotspot’ will also be erected on the roadside."

    so very basically.... weekend 1 - dig 4 of 30cmx250m trenches, plant metal stakes every 10m at an angle. attach fence to stakes, close up trench to cover buried fence. Erect “Hotspot” signs at entrance and exit of work area.

    Weekend 2 – remove stakes and fencing.


    I reckon we will need a few hands on this one and most probably some equipment like small trenchers like the one we used at the vulture centre.

    The poles wont be an issue, they are mostly droppers and the fencing is not heavy metal from what I have been told. the hard work is the trench to bury the bottom of the fence.

    So who is keen?

    Am also looking to post to the Wilddog forum for extra hands.
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    Great project, would love to join, but it's a bit far from Cape Town! Come on northerners, volunteers needed...

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    Sounds good, will participate but the cynic in me wonders if offering a prize for the most data is a bit dangerous given the EWT study that showed that some people would deliberately swerve to kill something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OwenD View Post
    Sounds good, will participate but the cynic in me wonders if offering a prize for the most data is a bit dangerous given the EWT study that showed that some people would deliberately swerve to kill something.

    This project has actually been on the cards for a few years now, it was originally called the "Eyes & Ears Campaign" back in the beginning of 2010. The initial thought was to get people to look out for specific species along the road, whether they be alive or roadkill, then GPS the point, take a photo so positive ID could be made and then send the info in at your leisure....

    Unfortunately South Africans on the road are generally destination driven and there is no time to stop along the way, so there has to be an incentive to stop. Also, everything has to be made easy and bullet proof, otherwise incomplete data is sent in.

    A simple example is the monitoring of Ground Hornbills & Saddlebilled Storks in Kruger. We went on a guided birding weekend, the annual Sasol weekend around the end jan every year. We were in a group of about 25 people, every gate, every shop blah had posters about the project on display, all you needed to do was see, gps, send info. After that weekend, I submitted the data for the sighting we had of the target species, it was the only data submitted from the group, NOBODY else sent in their data. So id dedicated birders wont submit bird data how do we get Joe Citizen to stop on the annual lemming rush to the coast to take a pic of a dead fox/porcupine/snake that he doesn't actually want the kids to see or get close to.

    The data is crucial, there are simply not enough people in the field so to get extra eyes out there is vital.

    As you say though, I trust that there are very few people out there who would intentionally kill an animal so they can sent in a roadkill report.


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    I hope not too, but apparently 5 or 6% of drivers do it without incentive! That is high in my opinion but yes getting data is difficult- SABAP have done well.
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    If you want to find out more about this project , Wendy Collinson from the EWT will be doing a short presentation on it at the 4x4 Enthusiast meeting to be held at Kempton Caravans on 2nd Dec.




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