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Unit Overview


Students will work with clients including consultants, farmers, government agencies and community groups on biodiversity assessment projects. They will gain an understanding of the scope of biodiversity projects and learn about relevant techniques for biological surveys in natural and managed landscapes including issues surrounding feral animals and pests, rare flora distributions, and weed infestation.

While students learn hands-on techniques and technologies appropriate for biological surveys, they will provide a service to clients through the provision of practical assistance in the field and by producing a written report addressing a real world problem.

Before the fieldwork students will learn theory related to the fieldwork. They will also complete an on-line Animal Ethics Committee 'PAWES' test to demonstrate their knowledge of animal ethics procedures and will receive a field induction to ensure they are ready and competent for the fieldwork.

Students will participate in a minimum of two field trips and will be expected to apply the knowledge and experience gained from the first to the organisation and execution of the second field trip.

6 points

Students are able to (1) organise and conduct biodiversity surveys in collaboration with the client; (2) analyse wildlife survey data to produce

biodiversity indices, estimates of population densities, structure or other population parameters as appropriate and submit a report on this; and (3) deliver a professional presentation to the client.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) oral presentation; (2) field work diary; and (3) client report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Roberta Bencini
Unit rules
Advisable prior study
undergraduate units in Ecology or Wildlife
Approved quota: 35—based on academic merit
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trips (estimated cost - Upto $900).
Contact hours
One week block taught prior to self-paced field work with community groups
The students are required to participate in minimum of two field trips in order to acquire a good understanding of fauna survey techniques.
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