Staff and volunteers from NCSSA recently conducted bird and vegetation surveys in the "Wild Eyre" region of Eyre Peninsula. Baseline information on birds was collected across four priority vegetation communities (Sheoak grassy woodland, Native Pine & Mallee Box woodland, Red Gum woodland and Coastal shrubland).
These communities have been identified as key ecological assets by the "Conservation Action Planning" process and will be targeted for restoration over the coming years as part of a larger project funded by the Commonwealth Government's "Biodiversity Fund".
In October 2012, 32 randomly selected sites were sampled for birds usingrepeated 2 hectare/ 20 minute surveys.
Bushland Condition Monitoring sites were also established in ten Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) sites where bird surveys were conducted. Access to some of the sites was challenging to say the least with rocks, wombat warrens, sink holes and the odd brown snake to contend with. The birding highlight of the trip was undoubtedly a small group of Scarlet-chested Parrots (Neophema splendida) in coastal vegetation to the north of Streaky Bay. Further bird and vegetation surveys are planned across the WildEyre landscape over the coming years with data used to detect local and landscape-scale changes brought about by restoration works. A workshop is planned for February 2013 to present the results of the survey to landholders and NRM staff in the region.