Fauna Surveys

Fauna Surveys serve as a pivotal resource for landholders, developers, and mining enterprises seeking to accurately identify the extent of both vertebrate and invertebrate fauna within their property or tenement. These comprehensive assessments deliver crucial insights into species composition, overall biodiversity, and the presence of legally protected or threatened species. Given the Australian legislative landscape concerning environmental protection, it is essential to understand that conducting a Fauna Survey is a mandated prerequisite prior to initiating any form of land development project.

The benefits of fauna surveys

Fauna Surveys go beyond mere legislative compliance to furnish invaluable data about the existing species within a given area, their population trajectories—whether growth or decline—and the resultant impact on the surrounding environment. This rich information is instrumental in guiding judicious environmental management decisions. It serves to inform a range of activities including land development projects, as well as conservation and rehabilitation initiatives, thereby enabling a balanced approach to ecological stewardship and commercial development.

How do fauna surveys work?

Fauna Surveys typically commence with a pre-survey assessment phase, during which existing academic literature and data concerning the faunal composition and population metrics of the targeted area are carefully reviewed. The subsequent fieldwork can encompass a variety of data collection methods, ranging from direct observation of animals and capture-release strategies, to more advanced techniques such as DNA sampling or footprint analysis. The overarching objective is to amass a robust dataset that encapsulates the types of species present as well as their behaviors, thereby facilitating a comprehensive understanding of the local ecosystem.

Post-fieldwork, the gathered data undergoes rigorous statistical analysis, employing methodologies such as probability sampling or capture-mark-recapture techniques. The culminating report synthesizes the observations and findings, and articulates recommendations for subsequent actions. These recommendations aim to reconcile development approvals with environmental conservation objectives, thus safeguarding both flora and fauna for future generations.

Why choose Trace Enterprises for your fauna surveys?

Executing an effective fauna survey entails a multi-faceted approach, ranging from rigorous literature review to meticulous field data collection and sophisticated statistical analyses. However, the fundamental aim remains constant: to deepen our understanding of the environment and its diverse inhabitants. Whether your venture involves mining operations, land clearing, or infrastructure development, a fauna survey is not just a recommendation—it's a necessity.

At Trace Enterprises, our distinguished zoologists are versed in the complexities of Australia's varied ecosystems and have consistently provided thorough evaluations grounded in both academic research and hands-on field experience. From observational protocols to advanced spatial data analyses and trapping assessments, we have set industry benchmarks with our cutting-edge fauna services, adhering to the highest technical standards.

Choose Trace Enterprises, where scientific rigor meets practical application, ensuring your projects proceed with both developmental efficacy and environmental responsibility.

Our process

A Level 1 Survey encompasses both a desktop study and an initial ground-truthing exercise via a reconnaissance survey. The desktop study serves to collate background information concerning the project area, drawing from scholarly literature, existing data repositories, and map-based resources. The reconnaissance survey aims to validate the accuracy of the desktop study, clearly delineate and characterize the fauna and faunal assemblages within the project's scope, and identify potential environmental impacts.

Should the Level 1 Survey indicate the necessity for more extensive investigation, a Level 2 Fauna Survey may be warranted. This could take the form of either a targeted survey focusing on selected species or a more comprehensive examination. For example, if a region has been well-surveyed but a Level 1 Survey identifies the possible presence of conservation-significant fauna, a targeted survey for these particular species may be mandated.

A Level 2 Survey provides a deeper layer of information through multiple site visits, timed to coincide with seasons that are pertinent to the bioregion and the specific faunal groups under investigation. This enables a multi-dimensional view of the area, ensuring a thorough understanding of the fauna, their habitats, and the potential impacts of development.

Our fauna services include:

  • Level 1 desktop surveys;
  • Level 2 fauna surveys;
  • Threatened species fauna surveys;
  • Targeted surveys;
  • Trapping and relocation programs;
  • Aerial and remote sensing surveys; and
  • Fauna and habitat interaction assessments.

All surveys are fully compliant with the most recent EPA guidelines and international technical standards. Contact Trace Enterprises to learn more.

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