We’ve recently started collecting catches from A24’s, and I wanted to check best practice for recording them within TrapNZ. I’d be keen on peoples thoughts please.
I’m conscious of trying to keep good clean data, accurate stats, and not creating misleading data/stats like assuming the catches were rats.
With Chirp, enter the actual dates. With the strike counter, spread the catches evenly over the period, eg if 4 catches over 4 months, log 1 for each month. (avoids screwing up stats with artificial peaks).
Recorded by -
We’re putting down a make believe trapper called “auto traps” to again avoid skewing the the counts by trapper. For example, avoiding bad stats where someone comes in every few months, clears the auto traps, yet they show as a top trapper over the team that is in there every week clearing traps.
Who recorded (and the check date) it is still captured, but in the comments.
Species Caught -
Unless there are some obvious remains under the trap, this must be recorded as unspecified. Again bad stats if we assume it’s a rat, or mouse, or stoat etc.
Generally 1 if we are following the date rules above.
Still set, bait ok; unless we’re doing a bait refill and gas recharge.
Yes, as it’s effectively always rebaiting. However this might be better suited to recording when the lure and gas were changed?
Bait Type -
Must record, even if showing no in the above rebaited data. Endter ss appropriate, eg with rat and mouse or rat and stoat etc. Must record again for good stats, so the following catches are recorded against the bait used.
Trap condition -
Record who and when checked, as we are using the “Auto Traps” trapper name, and using actual dates as given by Chirp.
General Practice -
I was thinking that after entering the actual catch dates, enter a check record for the today (with no strikes) so we can see when the trap was last checked. For example, I’ve just entered 8 catches for the last 5 weeks, and a 9th recorded showing I checked and sync’ed with the trap today.