Botanical Surveys

Botanical Surveys serve as an invaluable resource for landholders, developers, and mining corporations seeking to ascertain the comprehensive flora and vegetation profile of their property or tenement. These rigorous assessments offer detailed insights into species composition, overall biodiversity, and the presence of protected or endangered species. In the Australian context, it is imperative to be cognizant of the prevailing environmental laws and legislative mandates. Accordingly, conducting a Botanical Survey is a prerequisite that must be diligently fulfilled prior to initiating any land development activities.

What is a botanical survey?

A botanical survey (or flora and vegetation survey) is a type of assessment that identifies and assesses the plant life present on a particular piece of land. It can involve anything from simple observations of existing vegetation to complex mapping exercises that include detailed studies of soil samples and seed banks. The purpose of such a survey is to gain an understanding of what native or introduced plants are currently present in the area, as well as how they interact with each other.

How can you benefit from a botanical survey?

Botanical Surveys offer indispensable data for landholders aiming to balance property development with the preservation of sensitive ecosystems and protected plant species. Armed with a thorough understanding of the existing vegetation on your land, you are better positioned to navigate future development projects in compliance with Australian legislative requirements concerning native flora conservation, as well as any relevant local guidelines.

Furthermore, these surveys serve a dual purpose by facilitating targeted plant management strategies, including weed control measures and selective pruning techniques tailored to the identified species on your property.

Additionally, Botanical Surveys can pinpoint areas in need of native flora restoration—such as zones compromised by erosion or other forms of degradation. Armed with accurate data on the current plant species inhabiting these areas, you can devise restoration plans that both revitalize natural habitats and align with your development objectives.

Why choose Trace Enterprises?

Trace Enterprises stands out from the crowd due to its commitment to innovation. The team prides itself on constantly looking for new concepts, designs and techniques in order to provide our clients with the most cost-effective approaches available. Additionally, our experience in surveying and monitoring all bio-regions means that we have deep insight into local conditions – something that many other companies lack. Finally, we take great care when collecting data in order to ensure accuracy and reliability – something that has gained us recognition from key stakeholders across Australia.


If you're looking to develop land in Australia but want to ensure legal, moral and social compliance, then you must have a botanical survey conducted by qualified professionals. A botanical survey gives you valuable insight into the native vegetation present on your land so that you can plan accordingly and make sure your project does not damage any protected species or sensitive ecosystems. By following Australian regulations regarding native flora conservation, you can ensure that your development project meets all necessary requirements while still allowing for growth and progress of the clients project.

Our Process

Flora and Vegetation Surveys involve a methodical data collection process concerning the plant life and vegetation within a specific area. The initial preparatory step typically involves a Level 1 Desktop Study, which, while not categorised as a survey, amasses critical contextual data from pre-existing surveys, academic literature, database searches, and area-specific spatial information. It is advisable to execute this Desktop Study prior to selecting an appropriate field survey methodology, as the findings will serve to enrich both the subsequent field activities and final reporting.

Before incorporating data from earlier surveys, a meticulous evaluation of the data's reliability should be conducted. Criteria for this assessment include the suitability of the methodologies employed, the rigor of the data analysis, the timing of the survey, and any changes in status since the data was initially reported.

Subsequent to the Desktop Study, proponents must judiciously choose among available survey methodologies, basing this selection on the potential scale and nature of impacts. The choice should be informed by the preliminary data collected during the Desktop Study. The ultimate objective of Flora and Vegetation Surveys is to furnish robust information capable of supporting impact assessments on both local and regional scales.

Our botanical services include (but not limited to):

  • Level 1 desktop surveys
  • Level 2 survey
  • Threatened species flora surveys
  • Targeted Surveys
  • Species Identification
  • Aerial and remote sensing survey
  • Flora habitat assessments
  • Flora condition assessment and mapping
  • Threatened and Priority Ecological Community determination

All surveys are completed in accordance with the most recent legislative guidelines and to the highest global standards to ensure our clients are 100% satisfied with our service and products.

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