BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 591          Total No. of Sites: 5
Abstract: The Pick Swamp property, abutting the western edge of Piccaninnie Ponds Conservation Park was purchased by DEH in 2005 to help restore a reprasentative Karst discharge site and wetland system. Pick Swamp has been a grazing property for approximately 45 years. To support grazing the property was cleared, drained and improved with exotic pasture grasses, clovers and fertilizers. The restoration project will allow surface water coverage similar to pre-European times and the deliberate and natural return to indigenous vegetation associations. During this time it is expected that a transitional change will occur in the bird populations of the property. A report titled "Piccaninnie Ponds, Piccaninnie Swamp and Picks Swamp Vegetation Monitoring Framework" by Jason Nicol, Ben Taylor and Steve Clarke (copy on Corporate data Storage Area) outlines the moitoring program. Survey conducted between 2007-2012. Main datasets collected as part of the ongoing monitoring include Birds (monthly - 4 transects), Vegetation (periodically -before inundation and post), and photopoints.
Start Date: 01/03/2007      End Date: 01/01/2025
Survey Type: Vegetation and Vertebrates
Study Area Description: Coastal dunes, beack and karst discharge (fresh groundwater sites). Majority of property has been cleared and as part of restoration some areas have been targeted for rehabilitation and or enhancement of regeneration. Surveys will be conducted in 4 key habitat types: Coastal dune and beach; wet meadow/swamp; grassy woodland; tea tree remnant. Bouded to the south by sea; bounded to the east by Piccaninnie Ponds CP and Vic border. Area is within Gambier 1:50000 mapsheet (70222). Comprises D18136 A100, D18136 A101, H420300 S690. Top right corner 5790250N, 493150E. Botton left corner 5788500N and 490000E.
         Vegetation: *** No vegetation survey objectives recorded
         Fauna: Capture changes in species richness and density for birds to assist in quantification of the effectiveness of the restoration program.
         Vegetation: *** No vegetation methodology recorded
         Fauna: Each survey will involve a 1 hour meandering walk recording species presence and abundance (using codes where necessary) per site chosen. Codes include: A=1-3 individuals; B=4-10 individuals; C=11-30 individuals; D=31-100 individuals; E=101-300individuals; F=301-1000, (b)=breeding. Surveys conducted once per month during calm to mild weather conditions preferrably. Two observers present per visit.

Data Distribution Rules: Public
Project Basis: Fauna : Fauna species/population Study (ie trapping records over time period for species study). NOTE:NON Std Svy methodology may have been used.
Information Authority: Department for Environment and Heritage (BDBSA:South East) - Mt Gambier Office - Regional Ecologist