BioBanking Assessor resources
A range of resources are available to assist assessors.
Field data sheets
Field data sheets can be used by assessors to record transect and plot data for a biobank or development site. Field data sheets for Biobanking: biobank/development site includes instructions for carrying out field work, descriptions of key terms as well as a landscape value assessment sheet, transect plot data sheet, transect tally table and a transect plot worksheet. Download either:
The plots template (plotstemplate.csv, 1KB) is a form that is used to import transect and plot data into the credit calculator, following the steps set out in the operational manual. Download either:
Establishing a local benchmark
The local benchmark calculator spreadsheet (localbenchcalc.xls, 35KB) assists BioBanking Assessors to calculate a local benchmark from transect and plot data collected at a local reference site or from published data. Local benchmarks must be developed in accordance with the methodology and the procedures set out in the operational manual. The Field data sheets for BioBanking: local reference site data can be used by assessors to record transect and plot data for a local reference site to establish a local benchmark. Download either:
Converting credits to hectares
OEH has developed a tool called the Credit Converter (CreditConverter.xls, 173KB) that can be used to convert a quantity of ecosystem credits and/or species credits required for a development into an estimate of the area of land that would be required as an offset. The Credit Converter can also be used to estimate of the likely costs of an offset based on land value and management costs. The Credit Converter has been developed for Biodiversity Certification proposals as set out in section 9.3.1 of the Biodiversity Certification Assessment Methodology. Please see the instructions page in the Credit Converter for more information.
Paddock tree calculator
The paddock tree calculator spreadsheet (bbpaddocktreecalc.xls, 49KB) assists users to assess areas containing scattered paddock trees. It can be used to determine whether the area is in low condition or not, and to calculate the effective clearing area. Detailed guidelines on the survey methods used to assess scattered paddock trees are contained in the operational manual.
Page last updated: 01 May 2012