Terrestrial Ecology

Flora and Vegetation-MWHWe provide ecological flora based services by offering highly skilled and knowledgeable botanists/ecologists that have onsite experience relevant to the Project. Our flora team has experience throughout the Pilbara, Goldfields, Kimberley, Western Deserts, Mid-West, South Coast and South-West regions of Western Australia. This experience, combined with our extensive herbarium resources, ensures that clients receive fit-for-purpose surveys, assessments and management recommendations.

The MWH Flora team can provide baseline Level 2 flora and vegetation surveys, as well as management and monitoring programs that comply with all relevant state and federal regulatory requirements.

We have a proven track record designing survey plans tailored to meet requirements for environmental impact assessment and in developing monitoring programs that are specific to environmental and management conditions. The team also possesses specific skills in statistical and GIS spatial analysis. Our specialist team has developed strong relationships with many clients through delivering high quality products on time and on budget.

Short-Range-Endemic-Fauna-MWHShort-range Endemic (SRE) invertebrate fauna are protected under state and federal legislation, and receive special attention under Environmental Protection Authority Guidance Statement 20. SRE species are required to be considered in Environmental Impact Assessments because their limited distributions place them at an increased risk of extinction. The goal of the MWH Terrestrial Invertebrate Group is to successfully deliver high quality terrestrial SRE invertebrate fauna assessments to its clients in the Australian resources sector.

Our highly qualified and professional team has conducted over 75 terrestrial invertebrate fauna assessments in the Pilbara, Kimberley, Great Sandy Desert, Goldfields, Murchison, Central Deserts and South-west regions.

The group is adept at remote area fieldwork, has an in-depth understanding of survey design and invertebrate sampling techniques and a proven track record for timely and accurate reporting. All invertebrate assessments are executed in accordance with Environmental Protection Authority Guidance Statement No. 20: Sampling of Short Range Endemic Invertebrate Fauna for Environmental Impact Assessment in Western Australia.

The group also has experience in evaluating rehabilitation success using ants as biological indicators. Ants have been recognised as a cost effective complement to rehabilitation monitoring programs across Australia including WA’s Pilbara, Jarrah Forests and Swan Coastal Plain.

Terrestrial-Fauna-MWHMWH has been catering to the environmental needs of Australia’s mining industry more than 20 years. As native fauna is protected under state and federal legislation, it is a requirement that mining projects undergo a process of Environmental Impact Assessment. The Fauna Team comprises experienced fauna specialists who guide their clients through this process, and who can plan, conduct and report the results of the necessary fauna surveys and assessments.

MWH has developed a cost-effective fauna assessment program that will comply with regulatory requirements. Our mission is to ensure that the environmental approvals timeframes of our clients are met, and that their projects are environmentally sound. Our Fauna Team has experience throughout Western Australia, with a focus on major mining hubs. We have substantial expertise with all major fauna groups, including threatened species and SRE invertebrates. We provide customised fauna assessment and management services to suit a range of projects, complying with state and federal requirements. The type of service is determined by regulatory guidelines, client approvals timeframes, specific project characteristics and the fauna and habitats of the region.

Flora & Vegetation Capabilities & Recent Experience
Our Capabilities:
Flora and Vegetation
  • Desktop assessments
  • Level 1 & 2 baseline surveys
  • Targeted conservation significant flora and vegetation assessments and surveys
Ecology
  • Mangrove extent, condition and health monitoring
  • Groundwater dependent ecosystem monitoring
  • Vegetation Community health monitoring
Impact Assessment
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Ten clearing principles
  • Compliance and regulatory reporting
  • Stakeholder and regulator liaison
Technical
  • Establishment and tracking of trigger values
  • Biostatistics
  • GIS and in-field data capture
  • Plant taxonomic specialists
Recent Experience:
Multi-season, Level 2 fauna surveys and environmental impact assessments:
  • Pilbara: Robe Valley Project for Rio Tinto Iron Ore 2015.
  • South-west: Felicitas & Fortuna Project for Bauxite Alumina JV & Bauxite Resources 2014.
Level 1 Surveys and desktop assessments:
  • Various Level 1 and rapid biodiversity assessments for quarries in the Pilbara, South-west, Mid-west and Goldfields for Holcim 2015.
  • Culculli, Reedie and Lake Annean Gold Projects for Metals X, 2015-16.
Targeted Surveys:
  • E69/3065 Targeted Flora Survey, Wingellina Nickel Project: Calcrete Tenement. Metals X Limited, February 2014.
Monitoring:
  • Groundwater Dependant Vegetation Monitoring. Boddington Gold Mine Newmont 2014-2015.
  • Mangrove Monitoring Program at Fortescue Port for Fortescue Metals Group 2015.
Short-Range Endemic Fauna Capabilities & Recent Experience
Our Capabilities:
Biodiversity Surveys
  • Desktop studies
  • Habitat mapping
  • Level 1 (low-level) surveys
  • Level 2 (detailed) baseline surveys
Impact Assessments
  • Evaluation of project impacts to SRE species and invertebrate species of conservation significance
Targeted Surveys
  • Aimed at better understanding species distributions outside of project impact footprints
Rehabilitation Assessments
  • Invertebrate groups such as ants can successfully be used as biological indicators of rehabilitation success
Recent Experience:
  • Felicitas Bauxite Project: Level 2 SRE invertebrate fauna survey for Bauxite Alumina JV.
  • Corunna Downs Iron Ore Project: Level 2 SRE invertebrate fauna survey for Atlas Iron Ltd.
  • McPhee Creek Iron Ore Project: Level 2 SRE invertebrate fauna survey and environmental impact assessment for Atlas Iron Ltd.
  • Mt Webber Iron Ore Project: Level 2 SRE invertebrate fauna survey and environmental impact assessment for Atlas Iron Ltd.
  • Browns Range Rare Earths Project: Level 2 SRE invertebrate fauna surveys, targeted mygalomorph spider surveys and environmental impact assessment for Northern Minerals Ltd.
  • Cyclone Minerals Sands Project: Level 2 SRE invertebrate fauna survey and environmental impact assessment for Lost Sands Pty Ltd.
  • Yakabindie Nickel Project: Level 2 SRE invertebrate fauna surveys, targeted millipede surveys and environmental impact assessment for BHP Billiton Nickel West Pty Ltd.
  • Boddington Gold Mine: Level 2 SRE invertebrate fauna survey and environmental impact assessment for the Newmont Boddington Gold Pty Ltd.
  • Brockman 2 and Tom Price Iron Ore Projects: Rehabilitation invertebrate fauna monitoring for Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
  • Mt Ida Magnetite Project: Level 2 SRE invertebrate fauna survey for Jupiter Mines.
Terrestrial Fauna Capabilities & Recent Experience
Our Capabilities:
Biodiversity Studies
  • Desktop studies
  • Site reconnaissance visits
  • Habitat mapping
  • Level 1 (low-level) assessments
  • Level 2 (detailed) assessments
  • Targeted surveys
  • Regional-scale fauna surveys
Wildlife Management
  • Threatened species monitoring and management plans
  • Fauna spotting services
  • Fauna translocations and monitoring
Impact Assessment and Mitigation
  • Assessment of project impacts on fauna assemblages and habitats
  • Identification and mitigation of threatening processes
  • Design and implementation of environmental offset packages
Recent Experience:
Large-scale, baseline fauna assessments, including:
  • Multi-season, Level 2 fauna surveys and environmental impact assessments:
    • Pilbara: Corunna Downs, McPhee Creek, Abydos, Mt Webber and Wodgina projects for Atlas Iron; Robe Valley Project, Rio Tinto.
    • Goldfields: Yakabindie Nickel Project, BHP Nickel West.
    • South-West: Felicitas Bauxite Project for Bauxite Alumina JV; Boddington Gold Mine, Newmont Gold.
    • Western Desert: Cyclone Mineral Sands Project, Lost Sands.
    • Kimberley region: Browns Range Rare Earths Project, Northern Minerals.
  • Rehabilitation monitoring at the Brockman 2 and Tom Price projects, Rio Tinto Iron Ore.
  • Remote-area and other limited-access survey work, including helicopter-based survey, assessments and mapping exercises in the Pilbara, Kimberley and Western Desert regions.

Level 1 fauna surveys and desktop assessments, including the Pilbara, Kimberley, Goldfields, South West, Murchison, South – Coast, Wheatbelt and Western Deserts regions, for clients such as Fortescue Metals, Atlas Iron, Water Corporation, Buru Energy, Metals X, Evolution Mining, Silverlake Resources and Lynas Corp.

Threatened species monitoring and targeted surveying, including:
  • For the Night Parrot, Bilby and Mulgara at the Cloudbreak project, Fortescue Metals;
  • For the Northern Quoll, Pilbara Leaf-nosed Bat and Bilby at the McPhee Creek, Wodgina, Mt Dove, Abydos, Mt Webber, Corunna Downs and East-West Rail Spur projects, Atlas Iron (2010-2016).

Remote-area and other limited-access survey work, including helicopter-based survey, assessments and mapping exercises in the Pilbara, Kimberley and Western Desert regions.

Artificial habitat design, research and monitoring, as environmental offsets for the Mt Webber and Mt Dove projects, Atlas Iron.

Traditional owner liaison, training, ethnobiology surveys and programs.

Environmental Management Plans.

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