BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 554          Total No. of Sites: 34
Survey/Project Name: Fire Response at Pinkawillinie Conservation Park (Don Driscoll)
Abstract: Mallee vegetation covered 383,000 square kilometres of Australia but 35% of that has been cleared (Federal Dpt Environment and Heritage, Remnant mallee occurs as isolated fragments throughout Australia's wheat and sheep producing lands, and harbours important biodiversity. However, altered fire regimes are potentially a serious threat to the survival of species in isolated mallee remnants. Single large fires could burn out entire remnants, eliminating fire sensitive species, or complete fire suppression could eliminate early successional species. Because remnants are isolated, there would be no opportunity for recolonisation resulting in widespread species declines. Our broad aim is to develop solutions to the problems posed by altered fire regimes in remnant vegetation. We plan to conduct a large-scale replicated experiment examining the response of plant and animal species to fire and fire frequency, and to examine the role of refuges in the recovery of populations after fire. The mechanism of recolonisation after fire is poorly understood, but knowledge of the mechanism is critical for the development of fire regimes that will conserve biodiversity in production landscapes. We will focus on remnant mallee ecosystems on the Eyre Peninsula, South Australia. Observations were conducted at Hincks, Hambridge, Munyaroo, Heggaton and Pinkawillinie Conservation Park from 2004-2006.
Start Date: 01/12/2004      End Date: 28/02/2006
Survey Type: Vertebrates only
Study Area Description: *** No study area description recorded
         Vegetation: *** No vegetation survey objectives recorded
         Fauna: *** No fauna survey objectives recorded
         Vegetation: *** No vegetation methodology recorded
         Fauna: *** No vertebrate methodology recorded

Data Distribution Rules: Public
Project Basis: Vegetation : Unclassified - pending reassessment.
Information Authority: Flinders University of SA
Department for Environment and Heritage (BDBSA:Misc)