The Eyre Peninsula Landscape Board have a statutory responsibility to monitor, evaluate, audit and report on the state and condition of the region’s natural resources, coasts and seas.
The Eyre Peninsula community also identified 'healthy and resilient land, sea and water ecosystems' as a key Goal (2) of the Regional Plan. In response, a long-term terrestrial biodiversity monitoring program (BMP) has been established for Eyre Peninsula to better understand the condition of native flora and fauna and enable effective investment into and management of natural resources across the region.
The monitoring program consists of two core components:
- Bushland Condition Monitoring (BCM) – assesses the condition and diversity of the region’s different vegetation communities; and
- Bird Monitoring – assesses the diversity and abundance of birds at the BCM sites. Birds are being used as a surrogate for broader fauna communities in the monitoring program. Birds are much easier to monitor than other species and trends in their population are known to correlate with those of other species sharing the same habitat.
Approximately 350 monitoring sites have been selected and identified as being important to the region as they either have specific flora and/or fauna, i.e. threatened species, or are representative of one of our more important habitats or vegetation communities.
Eyre Peninsula Landscape staff are undertaking the BCM component of the monitoring and the bird surveys are largely being undertaken by community volunteers that have participated in a comprehensive bird survey training program and form a very important citizen science collective working with us to increase our knowledge of EP’s environments. You might like to read about some of the related media about their training here: 'EP bird watching courses help local birds- 2014' | 'Bird watching course for beginners to experienced twitchers-2017'
The results of this long-term program will be summarised and released to the public at regular intervals, with individual bird data reported through the Atlas of Living Australia: www.ala.com.au