Flora surveys

Flora surveys

Safeguarding the biodiversity of our region requires us to understand and monitor the many species that coexist here. 

Flora and vegetation surveys are fundamental to responsible land management. They help you assess an area’s conservation value, predict the impact of potential changes to land management and document an area’s biodiversity. 
Two members of the Boobook team run out a tape measure as part of a flora survey
Craig Eddie, ecologist, leans over a creek bed to collect tree samples for a vegetation survey

What is the difference between a flora survey and a vegetation survey?

Flora surveys are those conducted on one particular species of plant, whereas vegetation surveys describe an entire plant community. 

Flora surveys are conducted for many reasons, like producing a list of species found in an area or collating data about a particular rare or threatened species. 

Vegetation surveys allow us to define and map the vegetation types or regional ecosystems found in a particular area. We can also use these surveys to ground-truth existing vegetation maps or create maps where these do not yet exist. 

At Boobook Ecological Consulting, we undertake flora and vegetation surveys to: 

Our approach

At Boobook Ecological Consulting, we pride ourselves on our scientific integrity. It is important to us that we provide accurate advice which genuinely increases our clients’ knowledge of their environment. 

That’s why we provide detailed maps including both state government-identified regional ecosystems and threatened ecological communities identified under the federal EPBC Act – and often pair these with comprehensive vegetation reports. 

Vegetation maps help us to visualise plant communities in an area, including the location of any threatened species. To create them, we examine aerial and satellite imagery, then conduct a field inspection to ground truth and refine vegetation boundaries. 

Our plant survey and vegetation survey reports include:

You may also be interested in PMAVs.

Our experience

Our team of expert ecologists have conducted hundreds of flora and vegetation surveys requiring vegetation maps. These have included:

Trees infront of a rock outcrop for the Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs of Eastern Queensland book

We are specialists in southern inland Queensland flora

With over 60 years of combined field experience – much of that in the Brigalow Belt and Mulga Lands bioregions – there is scarcely a plant in this area that our ecologists do not know. 

Our director and principal ecologist, Craig Eddie, is the author of the highly regarded book Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs of Eastern Queensland Oil and Gas Fields, and we have created our own plant collection (herbarium) containing thousands of dried plants which we use for reference and training purposes. 

Our team has undertaken hundreds of flora surveys in locations ranging from small construction sites to entire properties and protected areas. We have also collected over 3,000 plant samples for the Queensland Herbarium’s reference collection, with several representing species that are new to science. 

So much still to discover

We are excited to continually discover previously undocumented flora populations and feel privileged to share these discoveries with our clients and partners. 

Some of our recent new location discoveries, made during threatened flora surveys, include: 

How we can help

Whether you need a record of all flora within a particular area or an appraisal of a particular rare species or targeted group, our team can help. We conduct flora and vegetation surveys of various scales, from individual properties to landscape-scale assessments.

Depending on your requirements, our surveys can involve:

Contact us to find out how we can help.

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The science of a shared world

Boobook Ecological Consulting has built its success on decades I first-hand knowledge of the natural ecosystems of the southern Queensland drylands combined with practical understanding of the complex pressures that impinge on Australia’s fragile environment.