Terrestrial biodiversity monitoring

This project it sought to develop practical and scientifically robust wildlife survey methods that can be implemented by Indigenous land managers in order to support improved biodiversity conservation outcomes on Indigenous managed lands in northern Australia.

The main method developed was a protocol for the use of motion detection cameras in terrestrial wildlife surveys.  The use of motion detection cameras as a wildlife survey method is growing in popularity among Indigenous and other land management groups across northern Australia. Motion detection cameras are an efficient means of collecting data over long periods of time, with minimal input of labour and minimal stress to the animals being surveyed.

All methods were developed in collaboration with Rangers and Traditional Owners from the Warddeken and Djelk Indigenous Protected Areas in Arnhem Land and at the Indigenous Land Corperation’s Fish River Station, in the Northern Territory.