OzArk offers a broad range of ecological assessments in-house as well as having a strong network of associates in related specialist fields. As a team, we are able to cater for all aspects of environmental studies, irrespective of scale.
Our assessments are based on sound and comprehensive background research including appropriate database searches, literature review and consultation with local community groups and government agencies to identify potential issues. This is followed by thorough field work aimed at assessing whole landscapes and systems and identifying flora, fauna, key habitat elements and vegetative / ecological communities. When required, further assessment of fauna such as spotlighting, bat echolocation, call identification, scat collection, live Elliott or cage trapping can be undertaken. We are also able to provide baseline water quality analysis.
The results are interpreted in terms of the relevant legislation enabling the formulation of appropriate management recommendations. Some of the specific outputs of this research include:
- Mapping locations of survey sites and techniques.
- Providing information on flora and fauna species, populations and ecological communities with specific reference to those listed under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 and the Commonwealth Environment Protection Biodiversity Act 1999.
- Carrying out assessments of significance as required.
- Providing an indication of the local, regional and state conservation significance of the species recorded.
- Identification of habitat corridors and linkages.
- Providing a species listing to assist with any habitat and vegetation restoration works.
- Provide management recommendations and offer mitigative measures to assist in the implementation of the project.
OzArk has qualified staff to help you achieve biodiversity offsetting for your development proposal. We use the Biodiversity Assessment Methodology (BAM) to determine the impact on biodiversity and assess the number and types of credits that are required to offset the impacts.
Biodiversity offsets work by protecting and managing biodiversity values in one area in exchange for impacts on biodiversity values in another. Offsetting is a practical tool to assist decision makers who need to balance the relative environmental, social and economic merits of a development proposal.