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Fauna and Flora survey for proposed exploration
on Christmas Island

Range to Reef Environmental undertook fauna and flora surveys in Exploration Licence area

ECI 70/2. The purpose of the surveys was to refine the proposed exploration area to account

for conservation values.

​Range to Reef provided the following services to help refine the drilling programme:

  • A desktop review of existing knowledge, gap analysis, constraints and risk assessment.

  • Level 2 field surveys for birds, mammals, reptiles and invertebrates using hand-searches,

               pitfall, Elliot and cage traps, Anabat® echolocation recording, night-time spotlighting, avifauna transects and camera traps.

  • Level 2 flora surveys and threatened flora searches.

  • Spatial and statistical analysis of the data recorded.

Positive outcomes achieved:

  • The data collected enabled a number of prospective drilling areas to be eliminated from the program.

  • Other areas were relocated, shortened or otherwise altered.

  • Conservation significant fauna species and habitat were protected.

  • The results of the surveys were used to prepare environmental approvals documents for later stages of the project.