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 […]

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 you need to know about threatened land snails of the Brigalow Belt

A close up of snails from Craig Eddie's land snail collection

When it comes to threatened species in Australia, land snails will not be the first animal that comes to mind.  Few people know Australia has native land snails, let alone that some are on the brink of extinction.  However, since records have been kept, more species of land snails have become extinct throughout the world […]