Land snail surveys

When it comes to safeguarding biodiversity, the whole is equal to the sum of its parts.

The science of a shared world is about understanding that all creatures, no matter how big or small, deserve to be valued and protected, as do their habitats. 

At Boobook Ecological Consulting, we are experts in land snails and can help with:

Craig with land snails on a tree trunk

Lifelong passion and unmatched expertise

At Boobook Ecological Consulting, we are proud to have Craig Eddie, one of Australia’s leading authorities on land snails, as one of our founders. 

Craig has been chasing and collecting snails since he was a child – “I didn’t have to run very fast for those!” – and his school holidays were routinely spent identifying snails and volunteering at the Queensland Museum, where he eventually started his working career in the Mollusc section. 

To this day, Craig remains an Honorary Technical Assistant at the museum and donates hundreds of land snail samples to the organisation from his extensive private collection.

Craig’s contributions to snail knowledge

Craig has been responsible for several regional studies, including the only detailed land snail survey of Queensland’s Lockyer Valley, near Brisbane. Conducted during university, this study uncovered a remarkable land snail fauna associated with vine thicket patches, including multiple new species, several of which have been named in Craig’s honour. 

Craig has collected and surveyed land snails in most Australian states but is particularly passionate about the land snails of Queensland’s Brigalow Belt. In this rich agricultural area, containing vegetation remnants hosting a surprising diversity of land snails, Craig has climbed mountains, trekked up gorges and crossed gullies in pursuit of snails. 

Our recent experience

Over the course of his career, Craig has discovered numerous new species of land snails in habitats such as vine thickets, brigalow forests and scree slopes. He has also found land snail fauna in more surprising, drier habitats such as grassland, White Cypress Pine, Bulloak and Mulga communities. 

Craig’s expertise with the threatened land snails of the Brigalow belt and Surat/Bowen Basins over 30 years includes these key species:

Contact us to find out more.

Craig Eddie collects a land snail sample as part of a research project

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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.