SERVICES provided by Ecological Horizons

Ecological Horizons conducts both paid and voluntary work over a large range of disciplines. In particular we specialise in research, monitoring and management of arid zone threatened species and feral animals. Please contact us to enquire about specific services.

Fauna surveys & EIS

Ecological Horizons have conducted terrestrial fauna surveys or provided technical and scientific advice to a large number of clients including:

  • South Australian Department for Environment, Water and Heritage (DEWNR)
  • SA Arid Lands Natural Resources Management Board
  • AW Natural Resources Management Board
  • Arid Recovery Ltd.
  • Rural Solutions SA
  • APY Land Management
  • Worldwide Fund for Nature
  • Arrium (South Middlebacks and Peculiar Knob)
  • BHP Billiton (Olympic Dam)
  • OZ Minerals Limited (Prominent Hill)
  • Southern Gold Limited (Challenger)
  • Nifty Copper Operations
  • Dominion Mining
  • Ironclad Mining
  • Goldstream (Cairn Hill)
  • Woodside Energy
  • Electranet

Monitoring programs

Ecological Horizons recognise the value of consistent, long-term and strategic ecological monitoring for detecting impacts associated with landuse, (including mining and grazing impacts), management actions and climate change.

Ecological Horizons have been instrumental in designing, implementing and analysing the long-term ecological monitoring programs for the Arid Recovery, Tetepare Island Protected Area, Middleback Alliance and Warru Recovery projects. Many of these monitoring programs have now been in operation for over 15 years. Ecological Horizons also has extensive experience in designing and implementing fauna impact monitoring programs for mining companies.

Threatened Species Management & Recovery Plans

Ecological Horizons have written national recovery plans for species such as the plains mouse and black-footed rock wallaby. They have designed and implemented threatened species reintroductions and/or monitoring programs for the greater bilby, burrowing bettong, numbat, woma python, black-footed rock wallaby, western barred bandicoot , sandhill dunnart, western quoll, brushtail possum and stick-nest rat. Both directors are members of national threatened species recovery teams.

Reintroduction programs

The directors of Ecological Horizons have extensive experience in all aspects of fauna reintroduction including planning and translocation proposals, permits and approvals, translocation and monitoring, and reporting and research. We have reintroduced a range of species including western barred bandicoots, bilbies, burrowing bettongs, numbats, western quolls, stick-nest rats, black-flanked rock wallabies and woma pythons. Ecological Horizons has worked with organisations such as Arid Recovery, APY Land Management and the South Australian Dept for Environment, Water and Natural Resources to successfully reintroduce a range of species back into their former range.

Ecological Horizons has also partnered with the University of NSW to reintroduce threatened mammal species back to NSW. The Wild Desert project is based in Sturt National Park and will include fenced exclosures and unfenced expansion areas.

Research and Scientific Advice

In addition to roles on threatened species recovery teams, both directors provide research and scientific advice to a range of advisory committees and boards. These include:

  • Arid Recovery Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Chair of Warru Recovery Team
  • Great Victoria Desert Biodiversity Trust, Science Advisory Panel
  • SA Wild Dog Management Board
  • SA Buffel Grass Task Force
  • Middleback Alliance Management Committee
  • Greater Bilby Recovery Team, Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Tetepare Descendants Association Board
  • Associate Editor of “Environmental Management and Restoration

Student Supervision

Both John Read and Katherine Moseby supervise honours and PhD students studying arid zone ecology through their respective positions as Adjunct Lecturer and Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide and University of NSW.

Contact Ecological Horizons for more information about their services.

On ground conservation projects

Ecological Horizons directors have been integral in the establishment and management of several broadscale conservation initiatives including Arid Recovery restoration program in arid South Australia; Middleback Alliance mallee conservation on Eyre Peninsula; the Wild Deserts rare mammal reintroduction project in Sturt National Park, NSW; the Tetepare Island Protected Area in the Solomon Islands; and the and the Warru Recovery project in the APY Lands..