Butcherbird Manganese Project Flora and Fauna Survey
Element 25 Limited is proposing to develop a manganese mine, known as the Butcherbird Manganese Project, located approximately 100 km south of Newman in the Gascoyne bioregion. Ecoscape was appointed to conduct flora, vegetation, fauna and short range endemic (SRE) species surveys which were conducted in April 2019.
Approximately 1,500 ha in the Mining Lease was subject to a Detailed flora and vegetation survey, with over 3,000 ha in areas allocated for borefields and renewables energy production surveyed at Reconnaissance level. A total of 111 quadrats were established; 179 vascular flora, including four Priority-listed flora, and 30 vegetation types were recorded.
The Mining Lease was subject to a Level 2 vertebrate fauna and SRE invertebrate survey, and the borefields and renewables area subject to a Level 1 terrestrial vertebrate survey. The field survey recorded 80 vertebrate fauna species including one of conservation significance from six habitat types; the SRE survey resulted in identification of a number of unnamed and potentially SRE Mygalomorph spiders and scorpions, however, the habitats they occurred in were wide ranging and not generally those utilised by SRE taxa.
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