Biodiversity condition toolkit for grazed lands
Use this toolkit to assess the health and biodiversity of your grazing land.
- Who this tool is for
- Questions this tool answers
- What this tool does
- Support available
- Where to get it
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Land managers and facilitators, extension officers and NRM groups.
- What is biodiversity and why is it important?
- How biodiverse and healthy is my grazing land?
- What does a healthy grazing property look like?
The toolkit will help you:
- Assess the biodiversity condition of your paddocks.
- Understand the relationship between grazing land-management and the plants, animals, habitat features, pasture and woodlands that occur in your paddocks.
- Familiarise yourself with the plants and animals that inhabit healthy (and unhealthy) grazing properties.
- Improve biodiversity in your productive grazing enterprise by helping you understand features of habitats which are most important for biodiversity, such as large trees, shrubs, remnant vegetation and woody debris.
The toolkit is a collection of fact sheets and guidelines. No inputs are required.
Kit 1. Condition for biodiversity [PDF, 1.5 MB]: what the toolkit is, what biodiversity is, how you can assess biodiversity, small- and large-scale habitats (large trees, or connected areas of bushland, for example) which can help you improve biodiversity on your property
Kit 2. Key features for biodiversity [PDF, 1.5 MB]: how to identify key biodiversity features, why they are important
Kit 3. ‘1234’ BioCondition assessment [PDF, 809 KB]: how to quickly and practically assess biodiversity on-farm; how well vegetation is functioning for biodiversity; why it is important to assess; when to assess; how often to assess.
Kits 3A, B and C give you score sheets to quickly assess common south-west Queensland vegetation:
- Kit 3A. A rapid assessment of brigalow belah scrub [PDF, 1.1 MB]: score sheet to assess brigalow belah scrub, benchmark information
- Kit 3B. Rapid assessment of poplar box on alluvial [PDF, 653 KB]: score sheet to assess box woodlands on alluvial plains, benchmark information
- Kit 3C. Rapid assessment of soft mulga [PDF, 789 KB]: score sheet to assess mulga groves, benchmark information
Kit 4. Biodiversity condition and land condition in grazed lands [PDF, 1.7 MB]: how conditions for biodiversity and for grazing land are different, how they are assessed, case studies of properties and their condition ratings
Kit 5. Fauna and flora in grazed landscapes: increaser and decreaser species [PDF, 735 KB]: how different plant and animal species respond to changes in land management for more intensive pastoral use, which species respond well and which decline
Kit 6. Management guidelines [PDF 1.0, MB]: 10 ways to protect biodiversity in productive grazing enterprises
Kit 7 - Part 1. Flora of south-west Queensland [PDF 1.2, MB]: description of south-western Queensland plant species which respond strongly to changes in land management, their distribution and occurrence, how to identify them
Kit 7 - Part 2. Fauna of south-west Queensland [PDF 1.2, MB]: description of south-western Queensland frog, reptile, bird and mammal species which respond strongly to changes in land management; their distribution and occurrence; how to identify them.
This toolkit was developed from a large, field-based research project involving more than 20 grazing properties in the Mulga Lands and Brigalow Belt bioregions.
This toolkit was produced by the Queensland Herbarium in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, and funded by Meat and Livestock Australia.
The project developed a practical and systematic approach to assess the biodiversity condition of grazing lands.
For information about the toolkit, contact Dr Teresa Eyre, Principal Ecologist at the Queensland Herbarium.
Phone: 07 3896 9834
Download the toolkit from Meat and Livestock Australia website.
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