Assessing your land
Do you need help in identifying the plants and animals on your property? Trust for Nature’s conservation officers can undertake flora and fauna assessments of your property. These assessments will tell you what the key biodiversity features of your property are, and this information can help inform your choices about siting new buildings or making decisions about land uses.
Our staff are experienced in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and can create mapping solutions from field data collected during assessments on your property, or from databases and existing landscape-scale maps to provide desktop studies of the biodiversity features on your property.
Trust for Nature works closely with Catchment Management Authorities and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to attract funding for revegetation projects on private land within our priority areas, especially where revegetation supports the recovery of populations of threatened plants and animals. A key element of habitat restoration is planting new trees, shrubs, grasses and herbs, which can either supplement the existing native vegetation in an area, or restore habitat to an area which is currently devoid of native vegetation. When planning to plant trees and shrubs, the selection of plant species can be really important to ensure food resources are available all year round for threatened animals with particular dietary needs.
Regularly surveying areas of habitat is important to understand what is happening in nature. Trust for Nature’s staff can help you learn how to survey your property – this could include using photopoints to show changes over time, remote trail cameras, or keeping records of the animals you see on your property. Trust for Nature’s conservation officers also undertake a range of other scientific survey methods for projects in our priority areas, including monitoring plants using transects or quadrats, and surveys for threatened animals using a range of specialised techniques including catch-and-release trapping, and nocturnal spotlighting.
Please note that landowners may require permits for some types of monitoring – Trust for Nature holds these relevant permits for all the work that we do.
Pest plant and animal control
Pest plant and animal control programs are most successful when they are coordinated between neighbouring properties, which is why Trust for Nature collaborates with Catchment Management Authorities, Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to plan and deliver pest plant and animal control programs that work jointly across private and public land. We focus our efforts where these programs actively support the recovery of populations of threatened plants and animals.