Ecological services

The flora and fauna of Western Australia has been recognised as one of the most diverse and unique assemblages in the world. 

The southwest of Western Australia is one of 34 international biodiversity hotspots and the state as a whole, contains over 13 700 plant species, 2 200 vertebrate fauna species and hundreds of thousands of invertebrate species.  A large number of these species are deemed “conservation significant” and are protected by either the State Wildlife Conservation Act 1950 or the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. 

 

Native vegetation in Western Australia is protected under the State Environmental Protection Act 1986 which requires individuals and/or companies to gain approval from the Environmental Protection Authority prior to clearing or removal of native vegetation.  This vegetation can also provide habitat for fauna and an understanding of the species present is generally required to inform impact assessments and facilitate approvals to develop or clear land.

 

Strategen has the capability to undertake ecological surveys throughout Western Australia utilising our in-house team of botanists/ecologists and a suite of qualified subcontractors.  As in all our service areas, the strength of our regulatory networks combined with our knowledge of approval processes enable Strategen to provide clients with the best strategic advice with respect to obtaining timely environmental approvals.

 

Tasks which Strategen can undertake include:

 

Flora and vegetation:

  • desktop and reconnaissance surveys

  • targeted rare flora surveys

  • baseline vegetation and multi-season/year revegetation monitoring

  • level 1 and level 2 flora and vegetation surveys

  • riparian vegetation assessments

  • vegetation community and condition mapping

  • opportunities and constraints assessments

  • wetland reclassification surveys and approvals

  • groundwater dependent ecosystem studies

  • mangrove monitoring

  • weed surveys and management plans

  • preparation of Native Vegetation Clearing Permit applications

  • rehabilitation design and monitoring.

Fauna: 

  • level 1 and level 2 fauna surveys

  • fauna habitat assessments (including Black Cockatoo and Western Ringtail Possum)

  • designing and implementing fauna monitoring programs

  • undertaking feral animal/pest surveys and preparing/implementing feral animal management plans.