Wild fallow deer and forester kangaroos were surveyed across much of eastern Tasmania between 23 September and 4 October 2019.
Surveys were done from a helicopter flying at 50 knots (92 km/h), 200 feet (61 metres) above ground level along a series of east to west orientated survey lines spaced at approximately 10 km intervals. Animals were counted by direct visual observation as well as by using a thermal imagery camera.
The deer survey was regarded as an opportunity to survey forester kangaroos because most of the forester kangaroo population range occurs within the range of the fallow deer population.
The Department and EcoKnowledge (contractor undertaking the survey) have planned the survey to ensure privacy of dwellings is not compromised and disturbance to livestock and nesting eagles is minimised.
The survey method proved successful with both visual observations and thermal imagery detecting wild fallow deer, Forester kangaroos and various other wildlife species.
A final report on the survey and the results will be publically available by the end of July 2020.
- The survey should not have disturbed any farm management practices particularly farm stock or wildlife .
- Where possible flying over built up areas, houses and dwellings was avoided.
- The helicopter pilot and observers endeavoured to take all practical precautions to avoid flying low over horses and other livestock .
- The surveyors and helicopter pilot have extensive experience in undertaking similar surveys throughout Australia.
Fallow deer and forester kangaroo survey 2019 FAQs (376Kb)