The Forest Practices Authority

Fauna technical notes

The fauna technical note series provides supplementary information and technical explanation for Forest Practices Officers on commonly encountered fauna management issues in production forests. These technical notes are advisory guidelines and do not constitute additions/alterations to the Forest Practices Code.

The fauna technical notes will be updated to take account of new procedures and requirements. If you print out a hard copy, please regularly check this page to ensure an updated version has not superseded your copy. New technical notes will be created as issues arise, or if requested by someone. Click  below to read or download a technical note.

Technical Note 1:Eagle nest management

Management of eagles nests. This Technical Note has been revised. The latest draft is available here. Please contact the FPA Biodiversity Program staff if you have any comment.

Technical Note 2:
Mature habitat availability

Some background information on the construction and limitations of the mature habitat availability map.

Technical Note 3:
Swift parrot breeding habitat

Provides guidance on identification of swift parrot potential foraging and breeding habitat. This new Technical Note formalises documentation that has already been used by industry planners for many years.

Technical Note 4:
Broad-toothed stag beetle survey protocol

A survey protocol for determining the presence/absence of the broad-toothed stag beetle.

Technical Note 5:
Mt Mangana stag beetle survey protocol

A survey protocol for determining the presence/absence of the Mt Mangana stag beetle.
Technical Note 6:
Using the wedge-tailed eagle nesting habitat model
An explanation of how the model should be used for nest searches.

Technical Note 7:
Wildlife habitat clump flow diagram

Some background information on implementation of wildlife habitat clump provisions of the Forest Practices Code.

Technical Note 8:
Wildlife habitat strip location and management guidelines

Some background information on implementation of wildlife habitat strip provisions of the Forest Practices Code.

Technical Note 9:
Fauna record sheet

This record form can be used to complete details of interesting or unusual sightings of any fauna - details will be passed on to PWS.

Technical Note 10:
Identifying Tasmanian devil and spotted-tailed quoll habitat

Provides guidance on identifying potential Tasmanian devil and spotted-tailed quoll habitat and some guidance on designing effective habitat networks across the broader landscape.

Technical Note 11:
Methods for surveying for threatened stag beetle species

Tasmania has five species of stag beetle listed as threatened on the Tasmanian Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 - this technical note outlines the recommended survey method so that results can be interpreted in terms of existing knowledge.

Technical Note 12:
Goshawk habitat categories

The habitat categories presented in this technical note may be used to assist with decisions on the management of habitat for the grey goshawk in the north-west of the state.  Note that this Technical Note has been revised to take into account habitat in the rest of the state. The revised version will be made available in the near future. 

Technical Note 13:
Method for surveying for the keeled snail

The keeled snail (Tasmaphena lamproides) is listed as rare on the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 - surveys may be required for this species in areas proposed for forestry operations. This technical note outlines recommended survey methods.

Technical Note 14:
Nest identification

Identification of eagle and goshawk nests can be tricky, even for the specialists. In answer to this common question we have put together these notes on things to look for when trying to decide to whom that large collection of twigs you have just found belongs.

Technical Note 15:
Culverts

Guidance for the design of fauna friendly culvert crossings. The latest draft is available here. Please contact the FPA Biodiversity Program staff if you have any comment. 

Technical Note 16:
Assessing the suitability of headwater (class 4) streams for the giant freshwater crayfish

Assessing the suitability of headwater (class 4) streams for the giant freshwater crayfish. Provides guidance for assessing habitat suitability. The latest draft is available here. Please contact the FPA Biodiversity Program staff if you have any comment.        

Technical Note 17:
 Identifying masked owl habitat
Information on identifying and assessing masked owl habitat and guidance on how to manage known masked owl sites and potential habitat
Technical Note 18:
Threatened frogs
Information on identification of habitat for the two species of threatened frog found in Tasmania; the green and gold frog (Litoria raniformis) and the striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peroni).

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