WETMAK - Wetlands Monitoring and Assessment Kit

Welcome to WETMAK an online resource aimed at community groups working on wetland restoration projects in New Zealand.

Are you making a difference? If the answer is yes, do you know how well you are doing... can you quantify progress? Which aspects are performing better than others and where should you focus future effort? If you would like the answers to these questions and increase your understanding of how well your wetland restoration project is progressing, then you are in the right place. WETMAK provides advice on useful monitoring techniques and methods of assessing the impact of your restoration work.

The kit is available in different formats to suit your needs. You can choose to download the entire resource or alternatively you may prefer to focus attention on specific modules. Either way you will find the material easy to use. In terms of technical difficulty, again the decision is yours with simple monitoring options available alongside more technically demanding investigation.

Download WETMAK, print out a few datasheets, pull on your gumboots and head out with friends and get measuring. Increasing understanding of your restoration work will bring huge rewards and provide useful information for future planning.

The Wetland Monitoring Hub was created to compliment WETMAK and support associated training days. In responce to questions from WETMAK users, it provides additional information about some of the more technical modules. Visitors can benefit from instructional videos and a wide variety of background material... Wetland Monitoring Hub>


Getting started with WETMAK

Contents and complete overview of the kit, including a full explanation of monitoring and the skills and equipment needed.


Download - Introduction  (1.7MB)


Module 1:
Creating a management map

Develop an electronic and interactive map for wetland managers and volunteers.


Download - Module 1  (740KB)


Module 2: 

Visually record changes to the wetland over time.


Download - Module 2  (1MB)


Module 3:
Wetland 'WOF' check

Carry out a general wetland health check using broad indicators.


Download - Module 3 (1.1MB)


Module 4:
Mapping wetland vegetation

Monitor broadscale change in vegetation type and cover.


Download - Module 4  (1.75MB)


Module 5:
Weed survey

Detect new weeds early and measure the success of weed control works.


Download - Module 5  (760KB)


Module 6:
Vegetation plots

Study in detail plant cover, height, diversity as well as mix of natives and exotics.


Download - Module 6  (1.1MB)


Module 7: 
Animal Pest Monitoring

Monitor your pest control efforts and compare differences in activity levels over time.


Download - Module 7 (1MB)


Recording Data:
Blank datasheets and templates

Photocopy datasheets and then complete them in the field. Includes templates for monitoring plans and reports (individual datasheets are available in the column on the right)

Download - Blank datasheets  (660KB)


Further Information:
Where to go for help

Want to dig a little deeper or need a bit of help?


Download - Further info  (305KB)