Ecosure trials unmanned aerial vehicles for wildlife dispersal

Ecosure recently trialled the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to disperse Australian white ibis from a landfill in Southeast Queensland. Two types of UAVs were trialled, along with a bird squawker and strobe lights which were tested as scaring stimuli. Once deployed, the drones slowly approached the target birds from above, moving incrementally closer until they dispersed or until the UAV reached within 3 meters of the flock. Three bird species were present at the trial and all responded differently to the UAV. The ibis sighted and responded to the UAV early on (20m away) and dispersed more than…

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Ecosure attends International Bat Research Conference in Phuket

Ecosure Environmental Scientist Emily Hatfield recently attended the 18th International Bat Research Conference in Phuket, Thailand (July 2019). The International Conference was attended by over 400 scientists and students from North, Central and South America, Africa, Australia (25 delegates), Europe and Asia, delivering 230 oral presentations and 70 poster presentations. The program was diverse and jam-packed, with sessions focussing on ecology, genetics, infectious disease, policy and social science with regard to both microbats and old world fruit bats. Emily delivered a presentation on the management of human/flying-fox conflict in Australia, for which she received very positive feedback from attending delegates. Emily…

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Engage our experienced ecologists: Stewardship Agreements, NSW

  Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements In New South Wales, Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements (BSA) are used for landholders wishing to generate and sell biodiversity credits under the Biodiversity Offset Scheme. They provide permanent conservation and management of the biodiversity values on the land, known as a Biodiversity Stewardship Site. There are two broad categories of classes of credit for the purposes of measuring gain in biodiversity values – ecosystem credits and species credits. Generated biodiversity credits can be sold to a developer, the Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT), or to other interested parties such as philanthropic groups. Offsets are required for most developments…

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Mosquito Vector Control Programs at First Port of Entry for International Arrivals in Australia

Civil and defence airports in Australia are obligated to meet requirements under the World Health Organisation International Health Regulations and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity Act 2015, to prevent the importation and exportation of mosquitoes and their associated diseases. The International Health Regulations 2005 require the establishment of a Mosquito Vector Program with a surveillance distance of 400 metres from facilities used in operations involving international travellers, conveyances, containers, cargo and postal articles (Australian Government Department of Health 2017). There are many ports that operate as First Port of Entry (FPoE) for the international arrival…

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All Staff Meeting and Training 2019

By Sharon Worthing At the end of each financial year, Ecosure brings together all of its scattered employees for a day of meetings and training. This year it was held at Thunderbird Park on Tambourine Mountain. Nature at its best. During this year’s meetings we focused on reviewing the past year, delving into the coming year’s strategy, looking at our company’s BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal), welcoming a guest speaker, breakout sessions, Health and Safety and a session on mental health. This year we were honoured to have as a guest speaker Darren Grover, Head of Living Ecosystems at World…

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Ecosure to present at international conferences

Some of Ecosure's senior scientists are busy getting ready to present at prestigious international conferences: Emily Hatfield, Senior Wildlife Biologist, will be talking about Managing human/flying-fox conflict in Australia at the 18th International Bat Research Conference in Phuket, Thailand. Jess Bracks, Principal Wildlife Biologist, is speaking on Ethical management of human-derived conflict with wild and domestic dogs: case studies from Oceania at the 3rd International Conference on Dog Population Management in Mombasa, Kenya. Jen Ford, Principal Restoration Ecologist, will be presenting Scaling up – practical challenges and solutions at the 8th World Conference on Ecological Restoration in Cape Town, South…

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