It is always great to help a client varify the regional ecosystem mapping across an area to ensure there are no surprises waiting for a project. When millions of dollars are on the line, clients need certainty on Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) and Matters of State Environmental Significance (MSES). We help to give you confidence and determine what values are on the site. This includes looking for threatened plants as well as Threatened Ecological Communities (TECs).
Our Suitably Qualified Persons under the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations Act 2006 for conducting protected plants were able to conduct rigorous field surveys to confirm the presence or absence of certain species or ecosystems.
We followed the Queensland Herbarium methodology for determining Regional Ecosystem types: Neldner, V.J., Wilson, B.A., Dillewaard, H.A., Ryan, T.S. and Butler, D.W. (2017) Methodology for Survey and Mapping of Regional Ecosystems and Vegetation Communities in Queensland. Version 4.0. Updated May 2017.
This typically includes selection of tertiary sites where we collect a comprehensive list of woody species, cover and structural heights for each community encountered. Tertiary sites normally take from 30-40 minutes to collect, although in some deciduous communities the identification of some species may be problematic if they are leafless. As woody species are present regardless of season, the woody species information from Tertiary sites can be used quantitative analysis and descriptions of vegetation.
It was a good time out in the field and we love looking for new species of plants.