Urban Lizard Locator

New Zealand is home to two types of lizards, skinks and geckos, which together comprise over 100 species. Many of these lizards are highly threatened by introduced mammals and now only survive on predator-free offshore islands. However, in some areas of some cities, a few species are holding on and can be found in urban reserves and backyards.

This survey is part of a PhD research project at Victoria University of Wellington, investigating where and how lizards live in New Zealand cities.

By reporting a sighting you will be helping to build a broad picture of where lizards are living in urban and suburban areas. This will allow researchers to understand what factors are important for their survival and how to best go about restoring their populations. The location data you provide will give us an indication of general trends that can then be investigated in more detail, for this reason, small inaccuracies in your data will not negatively affect the research. Information provided will contribute to a PhD thesis, academic publications and conferences presentations.

All New Zealand lizards are protected under the Wildlife Act and the location data you provide will be securely stored and viewed only by researchers.

Anyone living in a town or city in New Zealand can take part so please share this link with your neighbours and friends. You may participate in the survey more than once if you remember another sighting, and you can leave a survey unfinished at anytime. Only the information that you explicitly provide is recorded - i.e. details of lizard sighting and email address (optional).

This research has been approved by the Victoria University Human Ethics Committee (Approval No. 24735). All the information you provide is treated confidentially, will be stored securely and will be destroyed at the conclusion of the study. If you choose to, there is an option to leave an email address at the end of the survey. This email address will only be used to contact you regarding your lizard sighting.

If you have any questions regarding the survey or wish to contact someone regarding this research, please do so via the contact details below:

PhD Student: Supervisor:
Chris Woolley Associate Professor Nicola Nelson
School of Biological Sciences School of Biological Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington Victoria University of Wellington
Email: chris.woolley@vuw.ac.nz Email: nicola.nelson@vuw.ac.nz

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