Ecological Survey Reports

As part of the ACT Government’s land release program, the Environment and Planning Directorate has overseen biodiversity surveys of potential development and offset land. The survey program seeks to provide strategic and contextual biodiversity information relevant to obtaining approvals for development of the land release areas under both the Nature Conservation Act 1980 and the Commonwealth Government’s Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act.

Currently widespread surveys are being undertaken for striped legless lizard, golden sun moth and the superb parrot, while genetic studies on the variability between local pink-tailed worm lizard populations and a mapping of woodland that meets the Commonwealth’s listing criteria are also underway.

Final reports have been completed and can be downloaded for the following surveys.

  1. Gungahlin Vegetation Survey and Mapping Report. Ecological Communities and Threatened Species within the Gungahlin Strategic Assessment Area , Eco Logical Australia, August 2011;
  2. Distribution, abundance and breeding status of the Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) during the 2010-11 breeding season , Gungahlin ACT, Canberra Ornithologists Group, May 2011;
  3. Golden Sun Moth Surveys at One Tree Hill, Kinlyside and Throsby , Eco Logical Australia, February 2011.
  4. Taylor Preliminary Golden Sun Moth Survey , David Hogg Pty Ltd, January 2011.
    Figure 1 Taylor habitat potential
    Figure 2 Taylor traverses
  5. Hall area vegetation mapping, Eco Logical Australia, January 2012
  6. Superb Parrot Nesting Survey: Northern Majura Valley and Hall, Eco Logical Australia, November 2011
  7. Golden Sun Moth Surveys at Kinlyside and Mulligans Flat, Eco Logical Australia, January 2012
  8. Taylor Golden Sun Moth Survey, David Hogg Pty Ltd, February 2012
    Figure 1 Taylor vegetation
    Figure 2 Taylor traverses
    Figure 3 Taylor observations
    Figure 4 Taylor wider traverses
  9. Mulanggari Golden Sun Moth Survey, David Hogg Pty Ltd, February 2012
    Figure 1 Mulanggari GSM observations
    Figure 2 Mulanggari vegetation
    Figure 3 Taylor observations
  10. Golden Sun Moth Survey for ACT Accelerated Land Release Program, SMEC Australia
  11. Striped Legless Lizard Surveys 2012: Gungahlin Grassland Nature Reserves - Crace, Mulanggari and Gungaderra, Ecological Australia
  12. Breeding ecology of the Superb Parrot (Polytelis Swainsonii) in northern Canberra

Highlights of the completed surveys include

  • Identification of a major superb parrot nesting area in the Throsby – Goorooyarroo area;
  • Discovery of new populations of the critically endangered golden sun moth at One Tree Hill and Kinlyside (both near Hall) and mapping of habitat and moth densities across Throsby and confirmation that Mulligans Flat reserve supports a large population of moths; and
  • Survey and mapping of vegetation within 2750 hectares across northern Gungahlin and Hall, including 600 hectares of nationally endangered Yellow Box-Red Gum Grassy Woodland and 1200 hectares of dry forest, with remaining areas being either cleared or eucalypt plantation.

A summary report that synthesises and assesses all of the above Gungahlin ecological survey reports can be found as Technical Report 24 (4.1MB) on