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Terrestrial Vertebrate Fauna Assessments for Ecological Impact Assessment

This book sets out to suggest ‘appropriate practice’ for:

  • terrestrial vertebrate fauna assessments to support EcIAs or EIAs in Western Australia; and
  • fauna management plans and the subsequent evaluation of the effectiveness of these plans.

Published by Terrestrial Ecosystems
10 Houston Place, Mt Claremont, Western Australia, 6010

 

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CHAPTER 1 – PURPOSE  9
CHAPTER 2 – INTRODUCTION 13
2.1 ECIA AND EIA PROCESSES 13
2.2 ROLE OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT 15
CHAPTER 3 – LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY FRAMEWORK FOR FAUNA SURVEYS AND ASSESSMENTS 17
CHAPTER 4 – PRINCIPLES 21
4.1 PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE AND OTHER ISSUES 21
4.2 ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS 22
CHAPTER 5 – OBJECTIVES AND FOCUS OF A FAUNA ASSESSMENT 25
5.1 OBJECTIVES AND PURPOSE 25
5.2 FOCUS 26
CHAPTER 6 – GEOGRAPHICAL CONTEXT 29
CHAPTER 7 – RISK ASSESSMENT 31
CHAPTER 8 – FACTORS AFFECTING FAUNA ASSESSMENTS 37
8.1 HABITAT CONDITION AND QUALITY 38
8.2 SIZE 39
8.3 AVAILABILITY OF HABITAT TYPES 39
8.4 PROPORTION OF ORIGINAL HABITAT REMAINING 39
8.5 NATURE OF THE DEVELOPMENT 39
8.6 EXISTING KNOWLEDGE 40
8.7 LOCAL KNOWLEDGE 40
8.8 CONSERVATION SIGNIFICANT SPECIES OR ECOSYSTEMS 40
8.9 DISJUNCT HABITAT AND FAUNA ASSEMBLAGES 40
8.10 RANGE RESTRICTED POPULATIONS 41
8.11 HABITAT CONNECTIVITY AND CORRIDORS 41
8.12 INCREMENTAL CHANGES 41
8.13 EXPLORATION IMPACTS 42
8.14 MINING IN ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVE LANDS 42
CHAPTER 9 – STAGES OF A FAUNA ASSESSMENT 45
9.1 STAGE 1 FAUNA ASSESSMENTS 46
9.2 STAGE 2 FAUNA ASSESSMENTS 48
CHAPTER 10 – FAUNA SURVEYS FOR ‘SPECIAL’ CASES 51
10.1 LINEAR CORRIDORS 51
10.2 ISOLATED AND REMNANT PATCHES OF VEGETATION 53
10.3 ISLANDS 54
10.4 OTHER SPECIAL CASES 55
CHAPTER 11 – SURVEY DESIGN 61
11.1 CLARITY OF SURVEY PURPOSE AND OBJECTIVES 61
11.2 SOURCES OF ERROR AND BIAS 62
11.3 SAMPLING AND INFERENCE TO THE POPULATION 63
11.4 RANDOM SAMPLING VS. ADAPTIVE SAMPLING 64
11.5 SAMPLING UNITS 65
11.6 DEFINING FAUNA HABITATS 67
11.7 SPATIAL VARIABILITY 69
11.8 TEMPORAL VARIATION 71
11.9 EDGE EFFECTS AND TRANSITION ZONES 73
11.10 ESTIMATES OF DENSITY 74
11.11 ADEQUACY OF SURVEY EFFORT 75
11.12 TRAPPING EFFORT PER SITE 81
11.13 TRAPPING ISSUES 82
11.14 TRAP TYPES AND DETECTION METHODS USED IN GENERIC SURVEYS FOR TWO OR MORE TAXA 85
11.15 OBSERVATIONAL SURVEYS 94
CHAPTER 12 – VOUCHERING SPECIMENS 101
CHAPTER 13 – SURVEYING TAXONOMIC GROUPS 103
13.1 AMPHIBIANS 103
13.2 REPTILES 105
13.3 NON-VOLANT MAMMALS 114
13.4 BATS 117
13.5 BIRDS 124
CHAPTER 14 – MARKING ANIMALS 135
14.1 BIRDS 136
14.2 AMPHIBIANS 136
14.3 REPTILES 138
14.4 MAMMALS 139
CHAPTER 15 – OBSERVATION SIGNIFICANT FAUNA 141
15.1 MALLEEFOWL (LEIPOA OCELLATA) 141
15.2 WESTERN RINGTAIL POSSUM (PSEUDOCHEIRUS OCCIDENTALIS) 146
15.3 BILBY (MACROTIS LAGOTIS) 148
15.4 MULGARA (DASYCERCUS CRISTICAUDA; D. BLYTHI) 150
15.5 SOUTHERN BROWN BANDICOOT (ISOODON OBESULUS FUSCIVENTER) 152
15.6 CHUDITCH (DASYURUS GEOFFROII) 153
15.7 NORTHERN QUOLL (DASYURUS HALLUCATUS) 154
15.8 BLACK COCKATOOS (CALYPTORHYNCHUS LATIROSTRIS, C. BAUDINII, C. BANKSII NASO) 156
15.9 WESTERN SPINY SKINK (EGERNIA STOKESII BADIA) 159
15.10 GHOST BAT (MACRODERMA GIGAS) 160
15.11 PILBARA LEAF-NOSED BAT (RHINONICTERIS AURANTIA) 161
15.12 MARSUPIAL MOLES (NOTORYCTES CAURINUS, N. TYPHLOPS) 162
15.13 SANDHILL DUNNART (SMINTHOPSIS PSAMMOPHILA) 164
CHAPTER 16 – REPORTING FAUNA ASSESSMENTS AND SURVEYS 167
16.1 REPORTING METHODS 167
16.2 REPORTING RESULTS 170
16.3 DISCUSSION OF RESULTS AND POTENTIAL IMPACTS 171
16.4 RECOMMENDATIONS 175
CHAPTER 17 – FAUNA DATABASES 179
17.1 NATUREMAP 179
17.2 CONSULTANT AND RESEARCH DATA 180
CHAPTER 18 – FIELD DATA RECORDING SYSTEMS 183
CHAPTER 19 – FAUNA MANAGEMENT PLANS 185
19.1 INTRODUCTION TO THE FAUNA MANAGEMENT PLAN 186
19.2 FAUNA 187
19.3 OBJECTIVES AND KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS 187
19.4 MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES AND ACTIONS 190
19.5 MANAGEMENT PLAN REVIEW 193
19.6 SUMMARY OF ACTIONS 193
19.7 FAUNA MANAGEMENT PROCEDURES 193
CHAPTER 20 – EVALUATING IMPACTS 195
20.1 ISSUES WITH SINGLE SITE AND QUASI-EXPERIMENTAL DESIGNS 196
20.2 PURPOSE, OBJECTIVES, KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS AND TRIGGERS 199
20.3 EVALUATION PROTOCOLS 200
20.4 BASELINE DATA 200
20.5 ADEQUACY OF SAMPLING 201
20.6 POWER AND THE PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE 202
20.7 BIO-INDICATORS 202
20.8 REHABILITATION AND DEGRADATION INDEX 203
20.9 SITE SELECTION 203
CHAPTER 21 – REFERENCES 205
CHAPTER 22 – APPENDICES – EXAMPLE REPORT 223

 

Also available – Terrestrial Ecosystem’s Selected Fauna of the Onslow Region

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