Watching and surveying wildlife

Conservation management notes

This note is a practical guide to help landholders discover what native birds and other animals are on their property at different times of year. It provides an overview of non-invasive observation techniques and equipment.

1 June 2011
Office of Environment and Heritage
  • ISSN 978-1-74293-312-2 
  • ID OEH20110655
  • File PDF 517KB
  • Pages 4
  • Name watching-surveying-wildlife-conservation-management-notes-110655.pdf

The techniques described here rely on observation of animals, or their traces (such as footprints, droppings, digging sites or burrows). Although capture may sometimes be necessary for identification, it requires specialised knowledge, skills and equipment, and it risks injury and stress to both the animal and handler.

Observing the wildlife on any property provides a fascinating insight into animals’ habits and preferred habitats. Observation records can also be valuable to scientific researchers and others working to understand and conserve natural heritage. Interested landholders can get to know their wildlife better than anyone — being well placed to record changes in patterns of wildlife activity over time and seasons, as well as occasional chance sightings that organised surveys may miss.