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Terrestrial Ecosystems is a small environmental consultancy that specialises in terrestrial vertebrate fauna surveys, assessment and management. Terrestrial Ecosystems provides clients with high quality terrestrial fauna surveys and assessments, assists with the preparation of site specific fauna management plans and procedures, and manages and undertakes translocation programs for terrestrial species of conservation significance.
Terrestrial Ecosystems have a strong commitment to improving the quality of terrestrial fauna surveys and assessments based on research and a better understanding of terrestrial fauna assemblages and ecosystems in Australia. The partners are active researchers working at understanding the biology and ecology of Western Australian vertebrate fauna.
Dr Graham Thompson and Dr Scott Thompson are the active partners.
Spatial Excellence Award 2014
Terrestrial Ecosystems along with Aerometrex and Mt Gibson Mining received a Highly Commended Award for their recent work on identifying Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) mounds using high definition 3D interpreted aerial photography.
The search for malleefowl mounds has traditionally been undertaken by on-ground grid searches. This new approach provides a cost-effective solution to assessing impacts of developments on Malleefowl by the mining and pastoral industries. The area searched in this example had previously been searched using traditional methods, so it provided an ideal opportunity to compare results and costs of the two methods. New mounds were identified and it was appreciably cheaper.
High definition 3D interpreted aerial photography can be used to search very large areas in remote locations. This is another example of how the emerging spatial technologies are being applied to fauna surveys and assessments.