Biota (n).: The living organisms of an area; the flora and fauna together
  • Flora and Vegetation
  • Terrestrial Fauna
  • Subterranean Fauna
  • Impact Assessment
  • GIS Cartography

Flora and Vegetation Surveys

Biota's botanists have undertaken comprehensive flora and vegetation surveys across Western Australia, with particular experience in the Pilbara, Goldfields and South-west of the state. Our personnel can carry out the full range of flora and vegetation assessments. We also have specialist expertise in mangrove community ecological studies.

A dedicated relational database is used to store all flora survey data collected by Biota. Along with input from other specialist botanists, this is used in conservation significance assessments.

Terrestrial Vertebrate and SRE Fauna Surveys

Biota's zoologists have completed over 300 terrestrial fauna surveys in all regions of Western Australia. Our experienced zoological team can deliver the full range of fauna assessments to a high technical standard, from large-scale Level 2 systematic surveys to targeted threatened fauna surveys and SRE invertebrate studies.

All fauna data collected by Biota are stored in a custom-built relational database containing over 30,000 fauna records. This allows us to place your project into context and provides for more informed assessments of conservation significance.

Stygofauna and Troglofauna Surveys

Subterranean fauna are animals that have become completely adapted to life in undergound habitats. Stygofauna are aquatic animals living in the groundwater, while troglofauna occur in cavities between the water table and ground surface.

Subterranean fauna has been a consistent focus of Biota's survey efforts, and we are well recognised for our specialist expertise with this fauna. We can conduct surveys, risk assessments, genetic and morphological investigations, for both stygofauna and troglobitic fauna.

Ecological Impact Assessment and Management

Biota can complete environmental impact assessments at a variety of levels. This includes preliminary informal assessments through to formal environmental review standard documentation. Our policy is, however, to focus on impact assessments that are essentially biological in nature, rather than managing large multidisciplinary teams. We can also prepare rare species management plans, construction environmental management plans and sustainable management plans for rangelands properties.

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Cartography

To support all of Biota's biological assessments we have invested in an in-house Geographical Information Systems (GIS) team providing spatial analysis, cartographic products and data management. Our GIS section is well resourced by experienced staff with a variety of backgrounds including government, resource sector and private consultancy, offering extensive skills in MapInfo and ArcGIS.

Projects have ranged from GIS services for large-scale systematic surveys, through to quick response desktop mapping solutions. We have a proven track record in developing strong client relationships with the provision of high quality mapping and analysis solutions. Biota has also been extensively involved in developing agreed standards for provision of data to a variety of clients. We consider this latter client data supply aspect a key component of all projects.