Creating a new project

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If there isn't a nearby project for you to join, or you'd like to create your own one, you can create a new Trap.NZ project.


  1. Click the "Create a new project" button near the bottom of the "My Projects" page 

  2. Fill out the form with the details for your project
    • Only fields marketed with a * are required
    • Listing your project publicly and providing as much information as possible will make it easier for others to find your project and request to join in
    • Sharing summary data allows information from your project (eg. trap numbers, catch counts, baits used, etc) to be used by other websites. Personal details are not shared and individual trap locations are aggregated at a 200m (4 hectare) grid level. Making summary data available contributes to the national dataset and is invaluable for research into predator control in NZ.  You can see an example of how this information is used at Predator Free Wellington.

  3. Use the map controls to zoom in to your desired trapping area
    • The +/- icons in the top left corner of the map can be used to zoom
    • You can pan around the map by clicking and dragging anywhere on the map.  
    • The <-> icon in the top right of the map can be used to make the map full screen
      • You can exit fullscreen mode by pressing the X icon in the top right of the map

  4. Draw the area you wish to trap on the map
    • Make sure that the area you want to trap is completely visible within the map view before you begin
    • Use the polygon tool (the pentagon icon at the bottom of the map) to define the area you want to manage.  
      • There are detailed instructions available on how to use the map drawing tool.
      • If you have WKT format data from a GIS system (eg. ArcGIS or Quantum) you can cut and paste the WKT into the Data box beneath the map instead of manually drawing a map

  5. Click the "Save" button at the bottom of the page

Once you've created your project you can start adding lines, traps and bait stations, etc., and you can invite others to join your project.