Flora and Fauna Surveys and Assessments
Team members have their own areas of experience, research interest and skills. Together, our team of experts have the capacity to undertake:
- Flora surveys to assess biodiveristy values and to to identify key threatened species.
Examples of our Flora Surveys
Quilpie, Murweh and Paroo Shire Council's licensing of road quarry pits required an assessment of environmental factors and we included a comprehensive flora survey as part of that process. Quarry pits are usually restricted to one particual type of landform, rocky hill slopes and crests, and so this restricted the variety of species that were found, Even so, we identified over 270 species including several with Threatened status.
We also recorded structural features of the vegetation communities, based on the Queensland Herbarium's biocondition assessment methodology, as a means of assessing environmental health and potential suitability for fauna.
- Fauna surveys in accordance with published fauna survey guidelines for birds, reptiles, mammals and frogs. We also conduct specialist fauna surveys for bats and one team member (BT) has contributed to the development of the EPBC fauna survey guidelines for bats.
Examples of our Fauna Surveys
Both QGC (British Gas) and Origin Energy required fauna surveys for various components of their Surat - Gladstone gas projects. Both Red Leaf directors were involved in these surveys with Bruce Thomson conducting terrestrial surveys in the upstream tenements, along the proposed pipeline routes and also on Curtis Island. Darren Fielder conducted aquatic and terrestrial surveys in the Surat Basin.
Fauna surveys were carried out in accordance with the relevant survey guidelines including the EPBC Act guidelines. In many cases, we exceeded these requirements by implementing specialist survey techniques for Threatened Species.
Examples of Aquatic Surveys
Construction projects near watercourses often need to consider aquatic species and implement mitigation measures to ensure their survival. Darren Fielder conducted a survey of this kind on the Mary River and implemented mitigation measures during a bridge construction project near Conondale. He used exclusion barriers around the constructon site and then trapped within the barriers to catch and remove turtles and large fish.
- Specialist Threatened species surveys including butterflies and fish
Examples of Specialist Surveys
The Pale Imperial Hairstreak Butterfly (Jalmenus eubulus) is a small and exceedingly rare butterfly that lives in association with a species of small black ant. Colonies are found only in old growth Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) communities. Bruce Thomson conducted a survey for this species on behalf of QGC (British Gas) in their upstream gas tenements so that colonies could be avoided during construction activites. This butterfly is very cryptic and requires a high degree of specialist expertise to survey.
The southern subspecies of the Black-throated Finch is of extreme conservation concern in the Galilee Basin where a number of new coal mines are being planned. Bruce Thomson worked closely with one mining company to conduct a highly targeted survey for this finch, in accordance with the EPBC Act survey guidelines.
The development of a Species Management Program for Wallum Frogs.
RedLeaf Environmental also undertake:
- EPBC Act Referrals
- The development and implementation of fauna and flora monitoring programs.
- Scientific research projects
- Floristic inventories
- Wetlands and waterways conservation values assessments