Research and technical reports

The Conservation Research Unit produces a series of research reports, technical reports and one-off reports which contain information on the flora and fauna of the ACT.

Conservation Research Report

This report provides an overview of the nature conservation programs for our Conservation Research units.

Research Report Series

Technical Report Series

The Murrumbidgee River, the major waterway in the ACT is in very poor condition throughout its length. The riparian floodplains in the ACT have been affected by land clearing, altered hydrological systems and water quality, major weed invasions, fire and related climatic changes. The ACT Government has undertaken two surveys to provide a clear picture of the state of the high conservation value streams in the ACT.

Ecological Survey Reports

As part of the ACT Government's land release program, the Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development 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 Conservation Act 1999.

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 (4.0 MB) , Eco Logical Australia, August 2011;
  2. Distribution, abundance and breeding status of the Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) during the 2010-11 breeding season (2.7 MB) , Gungahlin ACT, Canberra Ornithologists Group, May 2011;
  3. Golden Sun Moth Surveys at One Tree Hill, Kinlyside and Throsby (2.9 MB) , Eco Logical Australia, February 2011.
  4. Taylor Preliminary Golden Sun Moth Survey (37.5 KB) , David Hogg Pty Ltd, January 2011.
  5. Hall area vegetation mapping (6.2 MB), Eco Logical Australia, January 2012
  6. Superb Parrot Nesting Survey: Northern Majura Valley and Hall (2.0 MB), Eco Logical Australia, November 2011
  7. Golden Sun Moth Surveys at Kinlyside and Mulligans Flat (4.6 MB), Eco Logical Australia, January 2012
  8. Taylor Golden Sun Moth Survey (43.0 KB), David Hogg Pty Ltd, February 2012
  9. Mulanggari Golden Sun Moth Survey (61.0 KB), David Hogg Pty Ltd, February 2012
  10. Golden Sun Moth Survey for ACT Accelerated Land Release Program (411.1 KB), SMEC Australia
  11. Striped Legless Lizard Surveys 2012: Gungahlin Grassland Nature Reserves - Crace, Mulanggari and Gungaderra (411.1 KB), Ecological Australia
  12. Breeding ecology of the Superb Parrot (Polytelis Swainsonii) in northern Canberra (411.1 KB)

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
  • 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 (411.1 KB).