Flora and Vegetation

Phoenix Environmental Sciences' botany team have survey experience and technical expertise across the majority of WA's bioregions. The team has broad botanical knowledge and a reputation for delivering high quality and robust assessments.

Our expertise in survey design and execution, from baseline flora and vegetation assessments, to groundwater dependent vegetation, and rehabiltiation services offers a diverse range of services and, together with the fauna team a whole-of-ecosystem approach.

We focus on getting the survey scope and monitoring parameters right at the start, to inform practical management outcomes and solutions to project challenges. Our botany team has the technical expertise to assess biodiversity values and survey requirements throughout WA's diverse bioregions, including thorough knowledge of seasonal conditions and appropriate timing relevant to different bioregions and species.

Our robust quality assurance system and continuous improvement process ensure high quality work standards in the field, laboratory and reporting.

Our rehabilitation team’s capability stems from a strong research background in the restoration of natural systems, couple with extensive practical and successful implementation of rehabilitation programs. The team has a proven track record of achieving final closure of rehabilitation sites, which have been accepted by the regulators with subsequent bond reduction and relinquishment. Application of their rehabilitation model was instrumental to the award of a Golden Gecko for rehabilitation excellence at a WA minesite in 2008.

The team offers:
  • Baseline surveys, Level 1 and 2 flora and vegetation surveys
  • Targeted Threatened, Rare and Priority flora surveys
  • Development of mine closure (site-specific) floristic criteria
  • Ecosystem Function Analysis (EFA) or Landscape Function Analysis (LFA)
  • Pre-clearing surveys for exploration and infrastructure development
  • Native vegetation clearing permit applications
  • Vegetation type and condition mapping
  • Groundwater dependent vegetation mapping, monitoring and assessment
  • Wetland assessment, reclassification and monitoring
  • Mangrove vegetation type and condition mapping
  • Threatened Ecological Community determination and floristic analysis
  • Invasive species mapping and assessment
  • Management plans for significant flora, vegetation, weeds
  • Compliance and rehabilitation plans and monitoring
  • Taxonomic services
  • Rehabilitation
    • Design of rehabilitation programs, tailored to individual clients, based on the structure and composition of analogous natural communities
    • Development of quantitative key performance indicators of revegetation success targeted at specified completion criteria based upon the requirements of government regulatory guidelines
    • Evaluation of the success of rehabilitation operations including quantification of broadcast seed/tubestock success and topsoil seed bank recruitment
    • Design of rehabilitation protocols including seed quality testing, derivation of seed mixes and sowing rates for revegetation
    • Propagation research for recalcitrant species including seed pre-sowing treatments and vegetative division for tubestock
    • Evaluation of rehabilitated community self-sustainability utilising seed bank dynamics and species fecundity measures
    • Scientifically rigorous independent reviews of existing survey designs to define limitations and offer recommendations for improvements

    Download our Botanical Services capability statement here

    Download our Rehabilitation Services capability statement here

    For more information contact Grant Wells or phone number 9345 1608.