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 enigmatic Darling Daisy: endangered and endearing

The Darling Daisy cymbonotus maidenii flower

A land type found around Roma, principally to the immediate west and southwest, is locally known as ‘wooded downs’. It consists of native grassland with or without scattered trees and patches of woodland, growing on deep, relatively fertile clay on undulating plains. It’s highly-valued farming and pastoral land. As anyone who lives there will tell […]

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 – […]

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 […]