The society’s work involving native fauna is advancing with studies being conducted involving the inland tortoise (Chelodina oblonga) and water rat (Hydromys chrysogaster). Much work still remains to be done on declining frog populations including native lizards, geckos and snakes. Bird presence and larger mammal populations are being monitored.
Involvement with revegetation projects requires intimate knowledge of the nexus between rock, soil, aspect and rainfall that between them create a range of different habitats for our native flora and fauna. The society has undertaken a series of flora surveys representative of the differing ecosystems within the region.
Completed surveys of flora communities has allowed the society to identify and map the main ecosystems within the shire so that when revegetation occurs species can be selected that match the ecosystem.
To the flora database the society has compiled over the years we have added corresponding invertebrate survey data to help create a more informed understanding of the region’s ecology.
Monitoring of water quality in the Avon River and minor winter creeks is also an important aspect of the societies involvement with the region. Recorded water quality data is a useful tool for pinpointing the actual source of both primary and secondary salinity therefore helping to facilitate targeted revegetation. Most of the creeks within the shire have now been given names ratified by the Geographical Names Committee.