Flora Surveys

We have specialist knowledge of the flora of southern inland Queensland and can conduct protected plant flora surveys.
Craig Eddie, our Director and Principal Ecologist, is the author of the highly regarded “Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs of Eastern Queensland Oil and Gas Fields”.

BOOBOOK uses standard techniques to detect flora living within a particular area. Flora surveys may be generalised in order to compile a list of all species present at a site, or more specific and aimed at a particular rare species or targeted group (e.g. orchids). They may involve general searches and/or use plots and transects to measure species composition and abundance. Surveys may be undertaken over multiple seasons in order to detect ephemeral plants or those that will only grow under certain environmental conditions.

 

Often flora surveys are completed simultaneously with Fauna Surveys. Individual BOOBOOK staff have expertise in both areas – a rare occurrence. This means cost savings for clients.

Protected Plant Flora Surveys

Queensland legislation requires that land development proposals must take into account the possibility that protected plants may be present in the affected area. The agriculture sector is captured by this legislation and it’s important to note that land classified as Category X under a PMAV is not necessarily exempt. Landholders need to check whether or not their land falls within a mapped buffer around a known protected plant record – the ‘blue circle’ found on a Protected Plants Flora Survey Trigger Map. Approval for development activities within these circles requires the undertaking of a valid Protected Plant Flora Survey (PPFS).

 

BOOBOOK has decades of experience in searching from rare and threatened plants, from forest trees to tiny herbs. This work has been carried out for a variety of commercial and private clients and more recently has included numerous PPFS in the Brigalow Belt / Mulga Lands and Surat / Bowen Basins. Most of these have been on grazing lands where the landholder is proposing to control woody regrowth. Our intimate knowledge of the landforms, vegetation and flora of these regions enables us to provide a service that our clients can be confident will be accurate, will meet legislative requirements and will be done in a timely manner.

We have created our own plant collection (herbarium) containing thousands of dried plants which we use for reference and training purposes.

Why Conduct Flora Surveys

We have undertaken flora surveys to:

  • Meet permitting requirements (e.g. Environmental Authority (EA) conditions).
  • Identify and map protected plant species particularly in Protected Plant Flora Survey Trigger Areas.
  • Obtain baseline data for rehabilitation requirements and final project sign off.
  • Locate and map threatened species that have special management requirements.

Our Past Experience

BOOBOOK has collected over 3000 plant samples from our region which have been retained by the Queensland Herbarium and added to their reference collection, which is available for others to study. Several of our plant collections represent species that are new to science.

BOOBOOK Ecological Consulting has undertaken hundreds of flora surveys in locations ranging from small construction sites through to entire properties and protected areas.

 

Some of our recent threatened flora surveys have located previously undocumented populations of:

  • Ooline (Cadellia pentastylis)
  • Darling Daisy (Cymbonotus maidenii)
  • Wardell’s Wattle (Acacia wardellii)
  • Red-soil Woolly Wrinklewort (Rutidosis lanata)
  • Gurulmundi Heath-myrtle (Micromyrtus carinata)
  • Heath-myrtle (Sannantha brachypoda)
  • Swamp Tea-tree (Melaleuca irbyana)
  • Broad-leaved Bertya (Bertya opponens).
We have a well-established network of contacts comprising many botanical experts, providing reciprocal benefits, as our staff are also considered experts in their field by the scientific community.

Contact us to discuss how we can help you.

For a free consultation, call us on +61 7 4622 2646 or use our contact form below