Pre and post-wet season surveys were commissioned by the Sunshine Coast Council as part of a preliminary fauna inventory assessment at Brannocks Ecological Reserve.
The surveys targeted terrestrial and arboreal mammals and reptiles. All relevant information relating to the site was reviewed, including the results of previous ecological surveys, fire, history, aerial photography, Wildnet database, and relevant legislation and planning documentation. A stratified sampling approach was used to maximise the likelihood of detecting species within the reserve’s different habitat types, with a particular focus on koalas and other species listed under the EPBC Act (1999) and NC Act (1992). The survey methodology used for the project was consistent with the Terrestrial Vertebrate Fauna Survey Guidelines for Queensland (DSITIA, 2012) and involved:
- Fauna trapping using Elliott traps, Herptile funnel traps, Harp traps and Camera traps;
- Microbat call detection and acoustic analysis;
- Opportunistic observations (active and passive search); and
- Nocturnal spotlight surveys
- Habitat condition and its impact on species occurrence for threatened or cryptic species was assessed. Recommendations for reserve management, including threats and opportunities, were provided.