Report it

We're tracking OMB in Wellington so we can locate it and keep track of what's been controlled and what's left to do!

We're keen to get your sightings, ideally through iNaturalist or Find-A-Pest, but if that's not for you, you can report via our form (below).

Using iNaturalist

The best place to record your observations is via the iNaturalist app. Not only will your observation be peer reviewed to give you the confidence it is OMB, but you'll also be contributing to citizen science. This provides an aggregate view of where the OMB is across Wellington.

How to report old man's beard on mobile. Install the iNaturalist app. Allow access to photos and location. Open the app, sign up and log in. Tap the + button. Take or choose one or more photos. Tap "What did you see?" and select or enter "old man's beard". Tap on the location and make sure it's accurate. Tap on the tick button.
Open iNaturalist.org. Sign up and log in. Click "Upload". Upload one or more photos. Click "Species Name" and select or enter "old man's beard". Click on location and search for or refine the location. Add any notes, eg. additional location details. Submit it.

Click here to sign up.

When adding it to iNaturalist, please check, and move if required, the location on the map so it is accurate. This helps other people find the plant to control it. The GPS isn't always that accurate.

Your observation will automatically be added to the Old Man's Beard Free Wellington project.


If you're starting or running a group, see our advice on administering iNaturalist.

Using Find-A-Pest

Find A Pest screen shot

Find-A-Pest is a new app that provides a simple way to report pest weeds and other pests in NZ. It works with the iNaturalist platform, but ensures that all the right agencies get the information on the pest species they are responsible for. Find-A-Pest is a collaborative project across New Zealand covering all pest species.

After installing it, select Weeds, click on Old Man's Beard and upload a photo; or just use the blue camera button in the app to easily send in an observation of any suspected pest.

Adding location notes to the description will help us find the plant.

Using our form

If you're not comfortable using iNaturalist or Find-A-Pest, you can report it via our form below.