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 […]

Ecology research

Courtney and Craig with a school kid looking in a net at what they have found in the local waterhole as part of ecology research

If we could research ecology in our sleep, we probably would.  It is our passion and our life’s work – much more than just a job or a business.  Whether we are on the clock, working for a client, or in our leisure time, we are always taking note of our surroundings. What exactly is […]

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 […]

Our protected plant surveys

Rose, the Boobook botanist, looks up and smiles while crouching down with a plant sample adding it to a collection folder

What are protected plant surveys? Protected plant surveys are a specialised type of flora survey used for assessing threatened and near threatened plant species.  Commonly employed when clearing activities are proposed within a high risk area (as mapped by the Queensland Government), these surveys follow the Department of Environment and Science’s Flora Survey Guidelines – […]

Keeping a lookout for the white-throated snapping turtle

Two white-throated snapping turtles basking in the sunshine with their heads raised up on a rock with a waterhole in front

The white-throated snapping turtle is a critically endangered species according to both Australian and Queensland state legislation.  Also known as the southern snapping turtle, it occurs mainly within the Burnett River, Mary River and Fitzroy River catchments of Queensland.  Facing threats of egg predation by dogs, foxes, pigs and goannas, the species is suffering from […]

The art and science of land snail research

Craig Eddie with one of the drawers open showing his extensive collection of land snails

Few people would know that Australia has several thousand named species of land snails. These are an often-overlooked component of the invertebrate fauna of the Australian bush, which is not surprising given most of them are smaller than a 20 cent piece and they are mainly active at night, after rain. Our contribution to land […]

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. […]