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Flora and Vegetation Surveys

“Our Botanical Consultants carry out Level 1 and Level 2 Flora and Vegetation Surveys throughout WA” 

These surveys typically involve identifying and documenting flora and vegetation communities present in the subject area. All surveys are undertaken in accordance with the Guidance for the Assessment of Environmental Factors: Terrestrial Flora and Vegetation Surveys for Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia. No 51 (Environmental Protection Authority 2004).

The clients may request a Level 1 or Level 2 Flora and Vegetation survey (EPA 2004) depending on the intensity of sampling required with decisions based on the target areas biodiversity value, habitat potential for threatened flora or threatened ecological communities, and budget constraints

 A Level 1 survey is of lower effort and basically involves desktop literature and database searches, and a reconnaissance survey of low intensity sampling to produce a master list of flora species, map of vegetation units, and a vegetation condition assessment.

 A Level 2 survey incorporates background research and a reconnaissance survey as preparation for more detailed and comprehensive survey. A detailed survey involves visits over the main flowering season and other seasons, and replication of plots within vegetation units. A comprehensive survey is applied at the intensity of both the locality and parts of the local area.  This is generally a longer term survey and requires multiple visits.

 At both levels, species or communities with threatened legislative status are important to survey in methodology.  In WA state legislation, under subsection 2 of section 23F of the WildlifeConservationAct1950, it is an offence ‘to take’ or damage Rare flora without Ministerial approval. In federal legislation, under sections 18 and 18A of Part 3 of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, actionswhichlead to a significant impact on Vulnerable, Endangered, or Critically Endangered species, and Endangered Ecological Communities, are prohibited. Therefore, assessment of targeted threatened flora and threatened ecological communities is critical for many development applications under environmental law, and is typically requested for sustainable development.

               

Please contact our Botanical Consultants to discuss your project needs. 




 
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