The goal of this work is to be able to track long-term changes in the catchment, to gauge the effect of our work and the effects of development or other events. It's one of many citizen science projects going on around the country. These projects collect useful data by getting members of the public involved in finding out about nature in their local area.
Want to be part of it? Contact us or check our Events page; there will be more monitoring days. You may have specialist knowledge on plants, birds, reptiles or fish, or macroinvertebrates or you can work in a small team, learning from others, to record data in a printed spreadsheet.
Up to now we have collected data at seven sites about:
- Plant species present and their abundance
- Structure of the plant community
- Bird and reptile species (by observation only)
- Biocondition (species richness, recruitment of tree species, erosion, habitat resources such as logs & termite nests)
- Spatial data (using GPS to map particular habitat areas and key features of the creek)
- At times we have expertise available to record macroinvertebrates, key indicators of water quality.
Next year we hope to extend this to include physical/chemical water monitering, macroinvertebrates and fish surveys.
We have done observations in the catchment, and will be revisiting sites to monitor any changes, especially in the condition of creek banks and in fauna using the sites. Would you like to help type up, analyse and interpret the data we have already collected? Contact us.
Several members of our Baseline Monitoring team have attended Waterway Health Assesment training with BCC's creek catchment program. This includes "Rapid Appraisal of Riparian Condition" (RARC) which is a different method of collecting data than our previous methodolgy, but better in some key ways. If different catchment groups use the same methodology, we will be able to compare things between catchments. The information gathered can also be stored in a central location. We have revised and edited the data sheets for RARC in our catchment with the help of two Griffith Uni community interns and a member who is an Echologist.
So what have we found?
Click on the links below to download spreadsheets with data for the sites listed. We will be updating the spreadsheets as and when we are able to enter the data.
Leicester St Park 2013
Glindemann Park 2015 and 2016
Arnwood Place 2015 and 2016
- AP Data sheets 2015
- AP Data sheets 2016
- Map of sections for monitoring survey 1.6MB
- AP Web-based map 2015 Prepared by Paulina Lee
- AP Report on Monitoring 2015
- AP Habitat areas 1.6MB Map prepared by Paulina Lee
- Birds at Arnwood Place: Native vs Exotic
Moorhen Flats 2015 and 2016
- MF Data sheets 2015
- MF Data sheets 2016
- MF Data sheets 2017 - Bird walk only
- MF Vegetation types map 2011
- MF Vegetation types map 2015 Map prepared by Paulina Lee
- MF GPS Data Sheets with map 2015 6.6MB Raw data and map as above
- MF Web-based map 2015 Prepared by Paulina Lee
Greenslopes DCP site 2016
Wembley Park 2016
Bowie's Flat Constructed Wetland 2016
- BF Data sheets 2016
- BF Data sheets 2017 - Bird walk only
- Bowie's Flat 2016 plant species richness Infogram
- Bowie's Flat is a wetland but does it have more waterbirds or non-waterbirds? BF Birds 2016 Infogram
- CC Data sheets 2017 -Coorparoo Creek Bird walk only, 18th June 2017
- Toohey Forest Conservation Park Data on eBird, 23 july 2017
- Mt Gravatt Summit Trail, 3rd September 217
2017 Riparian Condition for Six Sites
Comparing the sites
Which site has the highest species richness: Arnwood Place, Moorhen Flats or Wembley Park? This Infogram should bring out the competitive spirit in our bushcare group leaders and volunteers!
Stay tuned for more snapshots of vital statistics.
Our image gallery shows photos of Glindemann Park, where we did monitoring in June 2015.
N4C would like to acknowledge the support of Brisbane City Council through the Lord Mayor’s Community Sustainability and Environmental Grants Program for our Baseline Ecological Monitoring project, in past years.