Gaia Resources were contracted by the Trust in 2017 to identify suitable malleefowl survey sites in the GVD, firstly by identifying ‘likely malleefowl habitat’.
Mapping layers including Beard’s vegetation complexes, fire scars, Landsat Satellite imagery, roads and tracks were used to identify and select suitable areas.
Darker vegetation was interpreted as potentially dense mulga stands and likely malleefowl habitat. Areas burnt in the last 10 years were subtracted.
A suitability map book of high, moderate and low suitability for malleefowl was developed following workshops with experts and key stakeholders.
The potential survey locations were narrowed down to those that appeared accessible and were geographically distributed across the GVD. Seventy six sites were selected to create a final map book of exact sites to survey and to provide to survey teams.
The survey sites also include many of the accessible sites where Malleefowl have been previously recorded.
The Trust plans to fund on-ground Malleefowl surveys in the GVD in 2018.