Birds, small mammals, frogs and reptiles
Application for Scientific Permit – Available for Public Comment
Public comment on the following application for a Scientific Research (Fauna) Permit is open until 6 January 2020
Applicant: Jacobs Group (Australia) Pty Ltd
Species/Taxon: Birds, small mammals, frogs and reptiles
Location: Across Tasmania
Title of research: Jacobs Fauna Surveys: presence/absence fauna surveys in Tasmania for various consulting projects
Aim of project:
Jacobs is a consultancy firm, with a small team of Melbourne-based ecologists. Most work undertaken by the ecologists involves flora and fauna assessments for a variety of clients in a diverse range of habitats across south- eastern Australia. The data collected from such studies will contribute to our knowledge and understanding of the ecology, distribution and lifecycles of fauna species in Victoria, and now Tasmania, including species currently regarded as State and Commonwealth threatened species. The data collected will also be used to accurately inform the design and planning of construction and monitoring projects, increasing our ability to minimise impacts on, in this case, Tasmanian fauna and flora, increasing our knowledge of, and therefore, improving species management. Where targeted searches are undertaken, particularly for rare or threatened species, data gained from research has the ability to reveal significant information relating to our understanding, maintenance or improvement of the natural environment.
Research from specific projects would be used to develop management options or predict the significance of impacts associated with development proposals on threatened species and biological diversity. Fauna surveys will
be completed to determine species presence and diversity at sites likely to be impacted by projects, sites to be used as offsets, or to inform the development of biodiversity management plans. Targeted species assessments
will be carried out in accordance with state and federal guidelines in order to inform project approval applications.
- As above under ‘aims’
Maximum likely numbers of individuals involved: At this stage it is unknown how many individuals will be involved, as many Projects are likely to occur across multiple locations in Tasmania, where different threatened species will be targeted for survey.
Activities undertaken and methods:
Main method will involve:
- Call playback for frogs and birds
- Remote sensor cameras (baited)
Fate of animals: Remain in the wild with limited, short- term disturbance. Fauna will not be ‘collected’ or removed from site.
Likely impact on species involved (including any by-catch):
Most common species we will survey for are Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis) and small mammals (using remote cameras) such as Tasmanian Devil, Quoll’s, Pottoroo’s and Bandicoots.