Below is an example of some of the services Diverse Ecology offers.
Flora and Fauna Surveys
Flora and Fauna surveys are often precursory works undertaken to provide information that can then be used for decision making, project planning and project assessment by state and federal and local governments. From rezoning projects to development applications flora and fauna surveys are carried out under state federal or local guidelines dependent on the nature of the project and the assessing authority.
Environmental Impact Assessments
The purpose of the environmental impact assessment is to ensure that decision makers consider the environmental impacts when deciding whether or not to proceed with a project. It is the process of identifying, predicting, evaluating and mitigating the biophysical, social, and other relevant effects of development proposals prior to major decisions being taken and commitments made.
Assessment of Significance
Biodiversity assessments are often required under legislation where a development has impacted on, will impact on or is likely to impact on, a species, a population, or an ecological community (OEH 2016). The assessment of significance under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) is the first step in considering potential impacts.
Species Impact STATMENTS (SIS)
For developments likely to affect threatened species, populations or ecological communities, a species impact statement (SIS) must be completed as outlined in Section 110 of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act).
Review of Environmental Factors (REF)
An REF is an environmental assessment under Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EP&A Act) that is required as part of the assessment of activities needing approval under NSW legislation.
An REF examines the significance of likely environmental impacts of a proposal and the measures required to mitigate any adverse impacts to the environment.
GIS Habitat Mapping
Diverse Ecology is experienced in using a variety of GIS packages including, Map info, ESRI, Manifold and QGIS. Data collected in the field using a mobile GIS unit can be directly put into a GIS for analysis and map production.
Ecological monitoring projects are generally long term projects where standardised sampling techniques are utilised at predetermined locations to study biota. Ecological monitoring projects are usually set up prior to a project commencing and run to the end of the project to provide a measure on the success of a rehabilitation program or the impacts of a project on the surrounding environment.
Camera trapping is a cost effective and generally passive method to detect and document wildlife. It has become widely accepted as a true survey method and has the advantage of being able to be deployed for long periods of time. Diverse Ecology is specialised in camera trapping having been using this technique for over 7 years. We have experience in using all the major brands of camera trap. we have experience in targeting species using both passive and active methods to record data. Diverse Ecology has undertaken surveys utilising camera traps throughout the Eastern states of Australia, Torres Strait and Papua New Guinea.