Animal and plant surveys
A biodiversity survey looks at the plants and animals of an area and describes the environment in which they live. There are many methods used for recording species and their habitats. A survey may involve:
- searching for reptiles under rocks or for frogs in creeks
- listening to calls of birds
- looking for signs such as tracks and scats
- spotlighting at night to observe nocturnal mammals and birds
- trapping and releasing invertebrates and small ground-dwelling mammals
- recording details of the physical environment.
Guidelines for carrying out a survey
Find out about the Community Biodiversity Survey Manual and download other biodiversity survey and assessment guidelines.
Completed and ongoing surveys
OEH programs range from community-based wildlife surveys to regional conservation assessments. Get details on specific surveys.
Scientific research licences
If you're planning research that will harm native plants or animals or damage their habitat, you'll probably need one of these.
The NPWS biodiversity survey program
See how we're working to improve and support biodiversity surveys across the state.
You can help with biodiversity surveys!
See what's going on in a park near you.
Page last updated: 06 March 2014