Wetland, Riverine and Terrestrial Ecology

Our team offers a comprehensive range of ecological services to assist decision makers in identifying and managing biodiversity values.

We provide specialist expertise in the following areas:

  • Instream, riparian and terrestrial vegetation surveys and mapping
  • Aquatic macroinvertebrate assessments using AUSRIVAS and quantitative methods
  • Ground-water dependent ecosystem assessments
  • Fish surveys – boat and back-pack-based fishing, and a range of netting, trapping and non-extractive fish sampling methods
  • Aquatic ecosystem health assessments based on measurements of physio-chemical water and sediment properties, benthic flux measurements, aquatic macroinvertebrates and fish
  • Threatened species assessments
  • Ramsar site ecological character descriptions, management plans and monitoring programs

Recent Relevant Projects

Ramsar Site Ecological Character Descriptions (National)

The Ramsar Convention is an international treaty dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands of international importance, commonly referred to as Ramsar wetlands.  BMT WBM has worked with Federal, State and Territory Governments to prepare ecological character descriptions (ECDs) for seven of Australia’s Ramsar wetlands, which ranged from wetlands adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef to the iconic Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory to the Currawinya Lakes in the arid zone of Central Australia and Corner Inlet along the country’s southern coastline.  The ECDs provide a basis for developing and prioritising monitoring needs and management actions that seek to protect and enhance the ecological character of wetlands. 

South Pine Sustainable Loads Assessment (Queensland)

Recognising rapid local urban growth, Unity Water has identified the need to augment the Brendale Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP).  BMT WBM prepared a ‘Sustainable Loads’ assessment which involved (i) an evaluation of current ecosystem health of the receiving waters based on measurements of the suite of Environmental Health Monitoring Program indicators, (ii) determination of catchment and WWTP pollutant loads, and (iii) assessment of the environmental implications associated with various WWTP discharge options.  The combination of ecosystem health measurements and predictive pollutant modelling provided an empirical basis for identifying the relative effects of WWTP discharge scenarios and catchment development scenarios.

Impacts of Coal Mining on Aquatic Ecosystems in Central Queensland Assessment (Queensland)

The physical and chemical properties of waters can be modified as it flows over and through a mine site, which may result in changes to aquatic ecosystems in receiving environments.  BMT WBM undertook a research project on behalf of the Australian Coal Association Research Program that aimed to examine the scale and types of impacts on aquatic ecosystems associated with coal mining activities in the Bowen Basin region of central Queensland. The study provided a case study into the effects of mining on stream environments, and identified issues that need to be considered in the design and implementation of biological monitoring programs, and considerations regarding the management of on-site aquatic ecological values.