The unique charm of Australia’s Glossy Black-Cockatoo

A Glossy Black-Cockatoo feeding on Casuarina seeds

Australia is lucky enough to have six different black cockatoos. Five of these are reasonably closely related to one another. The sixth, the huge Palm Cockatoo of northern Cape York, is a quite different bird altogether and also occurs in Papua New Guinea. The smallest of the remaining species is the Glossy Black-Cockatoo Calyptorhynchus lathami. […]

Acacia ammophila – a hidden gem of Queensland’s outback

Acacia ammophila wattle tree

Australia’s wattle diversity Australia is famous for its wattles, Acacia species, with over 900 species described to date. They range from tall trees to small shrubs and there’s at least one species anywhere you care to look. Several tree species are well-known in Queensland, sometimes giving their name to whole regions where they are distinctive […]

The importance of ecology assessments

Michael and Craig bend down and sift through leaf litter as part of an assessment

We conduct ecology assessments to ground truth vegetation communities, classify their importance for habitat, identify potential project impacts and work with our clients to find management solutions. Over the past decade, we have completed over 900 ecological assessments. How are they conducted? Biodiversity and condition assessments involve a desktop assessment and site inspection to identify […]

The Yakka skink and Dunmall’s snake: two unlikely research candidates

A close up of a Yakka skink on a log in the sunlight

The Brigalow Belt biogeographic region of Queensland contains populations of over 20 species of threatened reptiles. Two of the most poorly known of these species are the Yakka skink (Egernia rugosa) and Dunmall’s Snake (Furina dunmalli).  Both of these species are listed as vulnerable under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and […]

What are biodiversity offset assessments?

A landscape of bush and trees taken at Solomons Gully

One of our many ecological services is to assess areas for their biodiversity offset potential.  Why do we do this? There are Commonwealth and/or State legislative limits imposed on major infrastructure projects related to potential disturbance to Commonwealth-protected vegetation communities, such as Threatened Ecological Communities (TEC) and vegetation identified as habitat for listed threatened species. […]

Our contribution to the Methods to Market project (biodiversity component)

Methods to Market biodiversity component - sunny landscape picture of a Brigalow (Acacia harpophylla) survey site

Whilst we have a deep knowledge and passion for the Brigalow Belt, our love of natural history is not limited to geographical boundaries. We embrace any challenge, including opportunities to study different and remote regions. For the Methods to Market project, completed in 2022, we were asked to measure the co-benefit of biodiversity enhancement on […]