In the era of digitalisation where GPS is an extra advantage, an application known as ROAD WATCH — to be launched on Monday — can help to find the locations of injured animals and can save time in rescue operations, said experts. Also, the App is to collect data on accidental wildlife deaths.
Radhika Bhagat, Wildlife Researcher working on this project with Wildlife Trust of India said with the installation of this app, one can identify road kill hotspots and the collected data will help in measuring the adverse impact of road kills on wildlife and in identifying patterns and further help to estimate benefits of different remedial actions and providing intelligence driven solutions.”
When asked how this app will help in collecting “road kill”, Bhagat replied, “The road kill data will be collected using a specially designed mobile app which will be used by a large number of people across the country.” “The mobile app will be specially designed to gather the necessary data such as GPS location, images, type of animal, notes,” she added.
Also, known as ‘Roadkills’, this is a citizen science initiative — to collect data. According to the Wildlife Conservation Trust (WCT), at least 99 per cent of wild animals or species killed in road accidents which were never recorded. The WCT, United Kingdom based wildlife foundation — David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation and Road Watch India Wildlife Road Kill Monitoring Network have initiated this movement to rescue injured animals anywhere in India.
According to a recent survey conducted by Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), on National Highways, conducted by different reserve parks in southern India with WTI, a total of 423 roadkills were monitored belonging to 29 different species. “Reptiles were the most affected taxa (37.59 per cent) followed by amphibians (29.55 per cent), mammals (19.39 per cent) and birds (13.48 per cent),” according to a research report on roadside killings.
“The variability in season indicated higher roadkills in pre-monsoon (55.6 per cent) compared to those in summer season (44.6 per cent). According to vegetation, the overall roadkill was 50 per cent in mixed deciduous forest and 22.40 per cent in the teak forest and bamboo. Conservation and management implications are essential to prevent the local extinct of faunal and floral,” a WTI report further quoted.
Date : 22 Jan 2018