Hyden Flora, Vegetation & Level 1 Fauna Surveys

CBH Group is proposing to expand its grain handling facility at Hyden in the Western Australian Wheatbelt and, in 2019, appointed Ecoscape to conduct a Detailed flora and vegetation survey and Level 1 (reconnaissance) fauna survey of the area proposed to be cleared.  The survey and report was used in support of a clearing permit application.

Hyden Flora Vegetation Level 1 Fauna Surveys WA

The field survey incorporated part of an area previously assessed by Ecoscape in 2010 and, in 2019, entailed two field assessments as a result of changes to the clearing footprint, and a photographic assessment of a further area in 2020, when an additional area included in the clearing permit application was identified by regulatory authorities as having potentially regenerated after previous clearing.  No conservation significant flora or vegetation were recorded from the survey area, however, the site is located within a region where there is little remaining native vegetation thus any relatively undisturbed vegetation is of significance.  There were no significant fauna habitat types and no trees suitable for Black Cockatoo nests or roosts, nor was the site considered suitable as foraging habitat.  The site was unlikely to be significantly utilised by conservation-listed fauna species due to its small and fragmented nature, and proximity to human disturbance and feral predators.  There was potential for Malleefowl to visit the site on occasion, particularly to feed on spilled grain, but there was no suitable habitat for breeding and no evidence of past nesting on the site.

Hyden Flora Vegetation Level 1 Fauna Surveys WA

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