Science: surveys and research at Faure Island

Science: surveys and research at Faure Island

A regular program of twice-yearly surveys is carried out on Faure Island.  In addition, detailed monitoring is carried out after each translocation to measure its success.

In total, AWC ecologists undertake each year more than 5,000 live trap nights– plus 12 vegetation surveys, 18 bird surveys and at least 2,500 camera trap nights - to measure a suite of ecological health indicators including:

  • The abundance of threatened mammals.
  • The diversity and abundance of other key faunal groups including seed-eating birds, diurnal lizards, shorebirds and top order predators (goannas).
  • The significance of threats such as weed occupancy.

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Shorebirds are surveyed annually in collaboration with experienced members of Birdlife Australia and the results used to monitor trends in the number of species and the size of populations visiting Faure Island.

Native vegetation and weeds are monitored at sites set up in four of the dominant vegetation types on the island.  At each site, some plots were fenced to exclude Boodies, and the densities and species richness of the ground cover and shrub layers are compared inside and outside the fence. 

As indicated above, detailed monitoring is carried out after all translocation events.  For example, in 2013, 30 Banded Hare-wallabies were translocated to Faure Island to strengthen the existing population.  25 were radio-collared including 5 with GPS collars.  The data obtained from such monitoring helps measure the success of the translocation and informs the development of strategies for future reintroductions – e.g. at Mt Gibson.