Resource library

The SWIFFT resource library contains a range of reports, guides, strategies and planning documents, website links and general information on biodiversity conservation.  

Please help share information and resources on SWIFFT. These could be public documents that you are aware of, links to web-based documents or even PDF or document files you would like to share. Contact SWIFFT

Online data and information repositories

Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research

Applied ecological research resources and outcomes with an emphasis on plants, animals and biodiversity issues.

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Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online. Includes species information profiles, downloadable occurance data,  spatial tools, sightings upload tools and citizen science platforms.

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Australian Faunal Directory

A free online public enquiry database that provides taxonomic and biological information on Australian fauna. The database is constantly being updated and expanded with addition of new data sets. At present about 98 per cent of described species are listed in the Australian Faunal Directory.

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BushBlitz

Bush Blitz is a partnership between the Australian Government, BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities and Earthwatch Australia to document plants and animals in selected properties across Australia.

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EPBC Act Protected Matters Search Tool

Use this search tool to generate a report that will help determine whether matters of national environmental significance or other matters protected by the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 are likely to occur in your area of interest.

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EPBC Act Species Profiles and Threats Database (SPRAT)

Provides information about species and ecological communities listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Provides information on what the species looks like, its population and distribution, habitat, movements, feeding, reproduction and taxonomic comments. 

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Flora of Victoria

VICFLORA by the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria is a comprehensive and current online guide to the wild plants of Victoria. Includes plant profiles, identification tools, images and illustrations.

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Frogs of Australia

Guide to the frogs of Australia, providing descriptions, distributions, images, breeding calls, and more for every frog in Australia.

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Leadbeater's Possum interactive map

A range of Leadbeater's Possum spatial information is available on the Leadbeater's Possum Interactive Map. This user-friendly tool provides public access to the most up-to-date Leadbeater's Possum spatial information

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NatureKit

NatureKit is the Department  of Environment, Land, Water and Planning's biodiversity web mapping and reporting tool that has been developed to replace Biodiversity Interactive Map (BIM).

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River Detectives

River Detectives is an education program initiative of Catchment Management Authorities that supports teachers and leaders to get young people connecting to their local waterway.

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Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)

TERN was established in late 2009 as Australia’s first Commonwealth Government NCRIS grant-funded research infrastructure to deliver a national terrestrial ecosystem observatory providing standardised and integrated measures of changes in Australia’s land-based ecosystem biodiversity. The goal of TERN is to provide open access for researchers to Australia’s land-based ecosystem monitoring infrastructure, data and research tools and thus contribute to a broader understanding and long-term sustainable management of Australia’s ecosystems.

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Threatened Species Advisory Lists for Victoria

Non-statutory advisory lists of rare and or threatened flora and fauna in Victoria. Threatened Speces Advisory Lists are maintained by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.  

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Threatened Species Recovery Hub

National threatened species research network supported by the National Environmental Science Program. Key research themes include controlling threats, flora and fauna at high risk of extinction, monitoring and management, reintroductions and refugia, threatened species policy, and social and economic aspects of threatened species recovery.

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Victorian Biodiversity Atlas

The Victorian Biodiversity Atlas (VBA) is the collated information of flora and fauna sightings across Victoria. The VBA is managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. 

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VicVeg Online

VicVeg Online aims to help you to read the landscape and understand the native vegetation of your area and on your place as well as how to give it a helping hand

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Visualising Victoria's Biodiversity

Visualising Victoria's Biodiversity (VVB) is a map portal  for accessing and sharing spatial information on Victoria's environmental values, conservation activities and research.

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ZoaTrack

Web app

Platform for storing, analysing, visualising, synthesising and sharing animal presence and movement information.

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Citizen science and data collection apps and websites

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online. Includes species information profiles, downloadable occurance data,  spatial tools, sightings upload tools and citizen science platforms.

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Aussie Bird Count

Web app, Android app, iOS app

Birdlife Australia citizen science event. Australia wide bird count surveys.

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Australian BioBlitz hub

Website

National list of BioBlitz projects. 

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Australian Citizen Science Association

Website

The Australian Citizen Science Association  (ACSA) was formed to advance citizen science through the sharing of knowledge, collaboration, capacity building and advocacy. ACSA is a member-based community that supports, informs and develops citizen science. ACSA membership is open to citizen science project managers, volunteers or anyone with an interest in citizen science.

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Birdata

Web app, Android app, iOS app

A Birdlife Australia platform. Record, contribute and viewbird sightings and survey data.

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BowerBird

Web app

Managed by the Museum of Victoria and the Atlas of Living Austalia, Bowerbird is a socially networked, web-based, community, biodiversity workspace for Australia. Submit biological sightings and images for idenitification, discussion and sharing to conservation networks and recognised databases.

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Climate Watch

Website, Android app, iOS app

Contribute species data relating to climate change.

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eBird

Web app, Android app, iOS app

International bird observation and checklist citizen science program.

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Echidna CSI

iOS app

EchidnaCSI is a citizen science project aimed at understanding more about Echidnas through the public's help.

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Eremaea Birdlines

Web app

Eremaea Birdlines is a service provided by Birdlife Australia for recording unusual and interesting observations of wild birds in Australia.

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EstuaryWatch

Web app

EstuaryWatch is a citizen science program for monitoring estuary health.

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FeralScan

Web app, Android app, iOS app

Map feral animal sightings, impacts and control actions. Includes RabbitScan, WildDogScan, FeralCatScan, FoxScan, FeralPigScan, ToadScan, MynaScan, MouseAlert, CamelScan, FeralGoatScan, FeralFishScan, StarlingScan, DeerScan (coming)

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Frog Census

Android app, iOS app

Melbourne Water community frog monitoring program. Recording of frog calls. 

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FrogID

Web app, Android app, iOS appp 

Discover which frogs live around you and help count Australia's frogs.

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Fungimap

Website

Putting Australian fungi on the map.

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iNaturalist

Web app, Andriod app, iOS app

International biodiversity observation and citizen science platform.

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iSpy Catchment Creatures

Web app

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority bird, fish, reptile and frog observation program.

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National Waterbug Blitz

Website

National citizen science event to collect waterbug monitoring data from waterways and wetlands

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NatureBlitz

Web app, Android app, iOS app

The North Central CMA's NatureBlitz app is a citizen science monitoring tool that allows the community to collect important information about our region's biodiversity.

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NatureShare

Web app

Citizen science database for individuals and groups to document and share information about their local environment.

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NatureWatch

Volunteer program

A Victorian National Parks Association program. Started in 2007, NatureWatch trains community volunteers to collect important information about Victoria's animals and plants. Projects include Communities Listening for Nature, Caught on Camera, Grasstree Monitoring and Grassland Threatened Species.

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PlatypusSPOT

Web app

Report Platypus sigthings.

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ReefWatch

Volunteer program

A Victorian National Parks Association program. Marine citizen science program that trains pople to collect important information about fish, invertebrates and algae at dive locations across Victoria. Projects include Great Victorian Fish Count, Adopt a Sponge, PlateWatch, OysterWatch, Sea Slug Census and ReefCam

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TurtleSAT

Web app

Contribute to mapping the location of freshwater turtles.

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VBA Go

Web app

Mobile recording tool for the Victorian Biodiversity Atlas.

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WaterWatch

Web app

Waterwatch is a citizen science program for monitoring waterway health.

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Wildlife Spotter

Volunteer program

Become a citizen scientist and assist researchers by looking for animals in wilderness photos taken by automated cameras around Australia.

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WomSAT

Web app

WomSAT is a new resource for communities to record sightings of wombats across the country.

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xeno-canto

Web app

xeno-canto is a website dedicated to sharing bird sounds from all over the world. 

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ZoaTrack

Web app

Platform for storing, analysing, visualising, synthesising and sharing animal presence and movement information.

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Biodiversity and nature conservation websites

Discover the Living Moorabool

The website promotes the indigenous heritage and natural resources of the Moorabool River and surrounding regions. The public can access information about places of interest relating to cultural heritage and recreational sites.

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Natural Newstead

Observations of flora, fauna and landscape in central Victoria, Authored by Geoff Park.

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Recreating the Country

This website explores ways to keep our natural ecology healthy and thriving for future generations, Authored by Stephen Murphy.

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Zoos Victoria - Fighting Extinction

Zoos Victoria is fighting to save wildlife from extinction and ensure a world full of wildlife for our next generation.

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Media content

Off Track radio program and podcasts

by the ABC 

Off Track, with Ann Jones, is an Australian radio show and podcast which combines the relaxing sounds of nature with awesome stories of wildlife and environmental science, all recorded in the outdoors.

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Remember the Wild - Community Conservationists

by Remember the Wild

Wonderful stories of community conservation in action captured on film. Features WOTCH:Eyes of the forest, Hindmarsh Landcare Network: Building Desert Biolinks, Friends of Bats and Bushcare: A Future for Flying Foxes, Connecting Country: Safeguarding Woodland Birds and Friends of Brisbane Ranges: Empowering Students and Saving Phascogales.

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Books and journals

Daylesford Nature Diary: The seasons in the foothill forests

by Tanya Loos 

The Daylesford Nature Diary reintroduces the six seasons for Victoria’s southern foothill forests in all their splendour. It includes a full colour, beautifully illustrated wheel calendar of wall poster size as a reference and guide.

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Journal of Science Communication

Issue 3: special issue on citizen science.

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Moths of Victoria Part 5 - Geometridae - Satin moths and allies, Marilyn Hewish

This is the second book of geometrids, adults of the familiar looper caterpillar. They range from small day-flying to robust and intricate patterned creatures of the night. With 180 species and over 700 images this book presents every known Victorian moth in these two groups for the first time. Accompanying disk  provides over 380 additional pages with information, biology and distribution for each species.

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Victoria's Galaxiid Fishes

Published February 2018,  Aquatic Photographics

An informative pictorial book on Victoria’s Galaxiid fishes with images collected over 30 years. Many populations of the taxa are no longer found due to rapid changes in their environment. The book outlines threats to these small native fish which are an often overlooked part of Victoria’s biodiversity.

Free download available via ResearchGate

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What South Eastern Native Plant is that?

Book on native plants for south eastern South Australia - released March 2010

Author: Neville Bonney
Cost: $45 inc. GST
Contact: Kirsty Heaver, South East Natural Resource Management Board
Order: from the South East Natural Resource Management Board
PO Box 30, Mt Gambier, 5290, South Australia
Phone: 08 87246000

This book will have relevance to many species found in south-west Victoria and the southern boarder area of Victoria and South Australia.

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Field guides and brochures

A Field Guide to Saltmarsh Plants in Victoria

by Mary Ellis, Lorraine Norden with illustrations by renowned artist Celia Rosser.

This 50 page field guide provides descriptions of the most commonly found saltmarsh plants. It outlines the importance of Victoria's saltmarsh wetlands and helps to raise community awareness and education of the role that saltmarsh plants play in the ecosystem.

This book will of great value to many people and assist with the ongoing recognition and protection of saltmarshs.

The book can be purchased by e-mailing South Gippsland Conservation Society shop@sgcs.org.au and arranging for copies $29 each.

Direct Deposit Payments to;
BSB: 633 000
Account: 152103768
Bunurong Environment Centre

Or by E-mailing Pauline Taylor, Shop Manager Bunurong Environment Centre, South Gippsland Conservation Society
PO Box 60  Inverloch  Vic  3996, Tel/Fax: (03)56743738
website: www.sgcs.org.au

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A Field Guide to Victorian Fauna

by Museums Victoria

Android app, iOS app

Available for both Apple and Android devices, the app holds descriptions of over 950 species, including birds, mammals, fishes, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates from terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

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Bunurong Marine National Park Field Guide app

by Parks Victoria and Museums Victoria

Android app, iOS app

This app presents images and information on over 300 species of marine and coastal animals and plants that can commonly be seen in the park and nearby waters. It also includes park information and activities that may interest visitors. Maps and a gallery of the location, marine life and habitats are provided.

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Field Guide to the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape

by Gunditj Mirring Traditional Owners Corporation and  Museums Victoria

Android app, iOS app

This app presents descriptions of 250 species found in the Budj Bim Cultural Heritage Landscape, over half with traditional names and information about their cultural significance. It includes birds, fishes, frogs, lizards, snakes, and mammals as well as freshwater, terrestrial and marine invertebrates.

 

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Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges (Volume 1)

by Enid Mayfield

Petaloid Monocotyledons (orchids, lilies, irises, grass-trees, mat-rushes and more)

This area of south-eastern Australia has a rich and exceptionally diverse flora with over 130 orchid species represented in this volume.

 

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Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges (Volume 2)

by Enid Mayfield

Daisies, Heaths, Peas, Saltbushes, Sundews, Wattles and Other Shrubby and Herbaceous Dicotyledons

This visually superb and informative field guide is the second volume of Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges, and covers more than 480 species of Daisies, Heaths, Peas, Saltbushes,Sundews, Wattles and other shrubby and herbaceous Dicotyledons. The illustrated family key is unique and covers 75 families and over 200 genera. Each species is illustrated and labels provide a clear key to identification for botanists and amateurs alike.

The Otway region of Victoria, with its temperate rainforests, mountain ash forests,heathlands, plains and coastal dunes, has an extraordinarily rich and diverse flora.

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Life on the Rocky Shores of south-eastern Australia

by CM Portern GC Wescott and GP Quinn

This indispensable guide includes colour photographs, descriptions and ecological notes for 96 of the more common animals and plants found on rocky shores in south-eastern Australia.

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Name those grasses (identifying grasses, sedges and rushes)

by Ian Clarke

An extensively illustrated book explaining:

  • The structure of Grasses and several similar groups
  • The descriptive terminology
  • The process of identification.


Published November 2015 by: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Birdwood Avenue, Melbourne 3004.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria shop

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29-01-2016

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Nightlife of Australia South-eastern Forests

by Ed McNabb

This is a CD that has night calls for 53 species of nocturnal birds and mammals. For more information and order from  Ninox pursuites.

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Orchids of the Anglesea District. A Field Guide (second edition)

by Everett Foster and Margaret MacDonald

Ph: (03)52631085

 

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Start with the grasslands - Design guidelines to support native grasslands in urban areas

by Adrian Marshall

Victoria's urban grasslands are endangered. The Victorian National Parks Association, with support from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects, has been developing design guidelines to support native grasslands in urban areas. Chapters include;

  • Seven principles for grassland design
  • From planning to maintenance
  • Planning guidelines
  • Design guidelines
  • Typical cross-section
  • Guidelines for transition to construction
  • Case studies
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Swift Parrots of Muckleford DVD

The DVD was funded by The Norman Wettenhall Foundation & The Melliodora Fund. The DVD runs for 25 minutes and features Chris Tzaros from Birds Australia, The aim of the DVD is to help people to identify Swifties by sight and by call. There is also some rare footage of their feeding habits at Muckleford.If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy please contact swiftparrotsofmuckleford@hotmail.com. The DVD is $20

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The Glove Box Guide to Understanding and Improving Woodland Ecosystems in the Mid Loddon

by Mid Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group

This Includes a special feature on the Bush Stone-curlew as a focal species. This Guide is published by the Mid Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group. PO Box 2197, Bendigo DC 3554.

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12-12-2013

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The Waterbug App

by The Code Sharman, The Waterbug Company, Mandy Hall Media, Australian Museum

Android app, iOS app

The Waterbug app helps you identify waterbugs from South-eastern Australia. Use the key to answer questions that help you identify your waterbug, or whizz through speedbug and see if you recognize it.

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Use of nest boxes general fact sheet

This fact sheet prepared by DELWP provides an overview of the use of nest boxes for conservation purposes. It includes design, installation, monitoring and maintenance guidelines.

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Wildlife Field Guide app to Gippsland Lakes

Android app, iOS app

This Field Guide app portrays the rich terrestrial, freshwater and marine life found in Gippsland Lakes catchment, in Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It presents imagery and descriptions of over 250 animal species, representing those commonly encountered and others of special interest. It is only a fraction of the rich wildlife found in the forests, rivers, wetlands and lakes of the catchment.

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Reports and documents

Current and Future Risks of Cropping Wetlands in Victoria

Casanova M.T. and Casanova A.J. (2016)

This report found wetlands are highly vulnerable to cropping because a large number of their attributes (soil, seed bank, vegetation, invertebrates, vertebrates, water regime, water quality) and processes (germination, establishment, trophic interactions) are sensitive to the physical and chemical disturbances applied in cropping. The approximately 20,000 privately owned wetlands of natural origin are at the highest risk.

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Orange-bellied Parrot: A retrospective analysis of winter habitat availability, 1985-2015.

White, M., Menkhorst, P., Griffioen, Green, B., Salkin, O. and Pritchard, R. (2016)

This report found the mainland winter habitat is unlikely to have declined significantly since 1983 in a structural or compositional sense to explain the decline in Orange-bellied Parrot population. The number of individuals counted during coordinated winter surveys has declined from 70-90 individuals in the 1980s (with a peak of 122 in 1983) to fewer than 20 in each year since 2001 and fewer than 10 in the last 5 years.  

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Land for Wildlife notes

Please note that names, roles, contact details and organisational names are not current as these resources date back some years.

Published
26-08-2014

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SWIFFT annual reports

Published
07-12-2014

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Published
11-12-2015

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