Whitehaven Coal Mining

Winchester South Mine Terrestrial Ecological Assessment

The scope was to undertake an assessment of the terrestrial ecological values including surveys for threatened flora and fauna species and ecological communities.

Challenges

The surveys were required to be undertaken over a large area which meant that the survey effort prescribed in the government guidelines were difficult or impractical to achieve. Seasonal requirements for some species and communities meant that survey timing was restricted to windows of suitable conditions. The scope of the assessment also changed numerous times.

E2M utilised best available technologies including the latest Trimble GPS enabled data collectors, motion detection camera’s, microbat echolocation and bioacoustics recorders to undertake the field surveys.

Outcomes

E2M was able to complete the surveys without incident and where practical, in accordance with the relevant survey guidelines. The report was delivered on time and within the project budget. E2M’s experienced team was able to ensure that the surveys were completed thoroughly and were able to find most of the target threatened species.

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