Land for Wildlife - Preparing for a property assessment
This information sheet is intended for use by landholders who have submitted an application for membership of the Land for Wildlife scheme. It aims to help you get the most out of your property assessment. To help you to achieve your aims for your property through improved management, we need to know about your plans, issues and information requirements.
The Land for Wildlife property assessment is an opportunity for you to obtain some on-ground advice about your property, to make contact with Land for Wildlife staff and for important attributes of the property to be recorded.
A typical property visit by a trained assessor lasts about two hours and usually involves a look around the property followed by completion of an assessment form (this will be done with the assessor). We encourage all members of the family to be involved in the assessment process. The assessor will not have time to answer all your questions but will be happy to follow up with written information.
It is a good idea to have any questions prepared beforehand and to have relevant documents, such as property maps/plans, aerial photographs, species lists, and your rates notice (for shire details), at hand.
- What are your aims for the property?
- Which areas of the property do you intend to manage for nature conservation?
- In which areas do you intend to integrate wildlife habitat with other uses?
Pest animals and plants
- What pest animals and plants are present on the property?
- What methods of control have traditionally been employed to control pests?
- Are there any plants you are concerned about? (You may wish to collect specimens, preferably including parts used for identification such as flowers, to show to the assessor).
- Are wildlife species causing problems for other activities carried out on the property? Ask the assessor to provide advice on control options.
Sources of help/materials
- Local native plant nurseries, lists of local native plants/wildlife, sources of maps/aerial photographs, access to other DEPI specialist staff, consultants, financial incentives.
Techniques for habitat/property management
- How to encourage natural regeneration.
- Weed control techniques.
- Management for small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates (e.g. butterflies).
- Wetland/stream rehabilitation.
- Developing a property plan.
- Erosion and salinity control.
Threats to habitat such as
- Isolation and fragmentation
- Grazing (fencing)
- Feral predators (cats, foxes, dogs etc)
- Wildlife collecting
- Firewood collection/timber harvesting
Issues relating to economic activities such as
- Natural pest control