Baseline Ecological Monitoring

Baseline Ecological Monitoring

N4C has been conducting Baseline Ecological Monitoring at a number of sites in the catchment.  We have been focussing on terrestrial ecology, with a particular emphasis on vegetation and birds.  In 2018 we hope to collect information on water quality and aquatic life.

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

Moorhen Flats 2015 and 2016

Greenslopes DCP site 2016

Wembley Park 2016

Bowie's Flat Constructed Wetland 2016

Bird Walks

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.

Acknowledgement

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.

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