BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 639          Total No. of Sites: 42
Survey/Project Name: SA Arid Lands NRM Opal Shaft Fauna Monitoring Project
Abstract: SA Arid Lands NRM Opal Shaft Fauna Monitoring Project This project is administered by the SA Arid Lands Threatened Fauna Project and began in late 2008. The project aims to: - Collect information on the ecology and threats to the Bronzeback Legless Lizard in the Coober Pedy area - Determine the level of threat posed by open shafts to this and other small vertebrate species - Involve local community members in collection of meaningful scientific data - Promote greater understanding and appreciation of the threats posed to fauna from open shafts and to create groundswell to change practices Methods involve capturing fauna that falls into abandoned opal prospecting shafts that are extremely numerous in these areas (up to 2 million in the Coober Pedy area alone). These shafts closely resemble conventional pitfall traps in their surface characteristics, but may be up to 20 metres deep. Modified 10 L buckets are installed approximately 1m below the surface in selected open shafts and checked regularly for fauna by local opal miners and community volunteers. Fauna are photographed and released near their point of capture.
Start Date: 01/01/2008      End Date: 01/01/2014
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: 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: South Australian Arid Lands Natural Resources Management (NRM) Region