Pilbara Region Biological Survey
Photo © S Van Leeuwen

Biological surveys undertaken by scientific staff from the Department of Parks and Wildlife provide the scientific basis for many of the department’s decisions on conservation management. They are used to collect data on the distribution, ecological relationships and conservation status of Western Australian plant and animal species and the conservation significance of the lands and waters managed by the Department. They are conducted across a wide range of regions, and inform on patterns of biodiversity at local, regional and state-wide scales.

What we do

  • Collect, count, document, model and map the plant and animal communities of Western Australia
  • Research the inter-relationships and patterns of these communities within regions and across regions
  • Research and evaluate trends in the way plants and animals (including weeds and feral animals) are distributed in relation to climatic, geological, soils and historical processes
  • Research factors that impact on the biodiversity of the state
  • Identify 'biodiversity rich' areas in the state that need to be protected or managed more intensively.
  • Establish the infrastructure and monitor the effects of long term ecological change on Western Australia's biodiversity.
  • Key activities and projects

    Related resources

    Research information sheets

    Databases and websites

    • NatureMap
      Access to more than three million records for over 33,000 species, subspecies and varieties.
    • Pilbara Biological Survey database
      Documents all studies on flora, vegetation (including mangroves), vertebrate and invertebrate fauna both on offshore islands and the mainland Pilbara biogeographical region.
    • SWALE — Surveying Western Australia’s Land Edge (within FloraBase)
      Floristics and vegetation structure in the form of reference transects in coastal areas of high conservation value.