Eyespots painted on cow butts deter lion attacks!

Human-wildlife conflict is a main driver for large predator declines globally. Predators attack livestock and farmers shoot predators in retaliation. Cam Radford, our Sydney Manager and Senior Ecologist, has just published some of his PhD work in Nature’s Communications Biology showing how eyespots stop lions attacking livestock, promoting coexistence between lions and livestock farmers in Botswana. Eyespots are common in nature as anti-predator signals, famously occurring on the wings of butterflies. Cam has shown they work for mammals too, and can be ‘hijacked’ as a tool for coexistence. Eyespots evolved independently in many taxa as anti-predator signals. There remains debate…

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Ecosure starts a Reconciliation Action Plan!

  At the beginning of this year Ecosure started the process of a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) with Reconciliation Australia. You might ask what is a RAP? It’s program that provides a framework for organisations to support the national reconciliation movement. There are four stages to the RAP - Reflect, Innovate, Stretch, Elevate. A RAP is a strategic document that supports our business plan and includes practical actions to drive our contribution to reconciliation both internally and in the communities we operate in. It prepares our organisation for reconciliation initiatives, allowing us to scope and develop relationships with Aboriginal and…

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Biodiversity Stewardship could see Your Property Earn More

Did you know the bushland on your property could help you generate passive income by simply preserving it? If your bushland has been identified as being potentially high in biodiversity value, what does this mean? Well, in NSW, Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements are used by landholders wishing to generate and sell biodiversity credits under the Biodiversity Offset Scheme. They provide permanent conservation and management of the biodiversity values on your land, known as a Biodiversity Stewardship Site. In return you earn an additional income. How? Developers who clear native bushland or impact biodiversity are required to secure like-for-like biodiversity credits. These…

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Queensland Vegetation Offset Opportunities

Did you know that there is a pool of funds available for Queensland landholders from paid vegetation offsets that have resulted from development? The government has started to release some of the funds through vegetation offset tenders, that landholders can consider for their property. In relation to offsets, your property needs to meet the following criteria: The vegetation needs to be Category X, or remnant vegetation that can be improved The offset area can be grazed The offset area needs to be allowed to regrow to remnant vegetation The offset area could not be cleared in the future, though thinning…

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Did COVID-19 reduce your Environmental Footprint?

Whilst COVID 19 has made us look at how we can work differently, it has also encouraged us to look at the changes to our operations and our environmental footprint. Ecosure staff are able to work from home. For our field crews it’s been business as usual with a few changes to safety procedures and social distancing (see our previous article here). With office staff working from home from 16 March – 18 May, we have saved over 25,000kg of CO2 emissions from our offices alone. That's pretty impressive! We can help you calculate your emission reductions call us on…

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Wasps although small…are a significant hazard to aviation!

Birds and other vertebrates are well known hazards to aviation at airports. The threat of invertebrates, like wasps, is less understood. Our Managing Director Phil Shaw and former Principal Ecologist Alan House wrote a scientific paper on a 39 month study at Brisbane Airport. The study assessed the risk to flight safety by the mud-nesting keyhole wasp (Pachodynerus nasidens). Why are they a problem? The keyhole wasp views aircraft pitot tubes as an attractive nesting opportunity and therefore blocking the tube. Pitot tubes measure airspeed, and blockages cause faulty measurements. This could lead to catastrophic outcomes.  In this experiment the tubes were…

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