RPS undertakes multidisciplinary ecological surveys, risk-based impact assessment and monitoring studies to achieve pragmatic, environmentally responsible and cost effective outcomes for clients. We provide these services to a range of clients across a range of community and industry sectors including energy and resource companies, land developers, infrastructure providers and local, state and federal government bodies.
Our specialist capabilities include terrestrial flora and fauna ecology, wetland and riverine ecology, and marine ecology. In these ecosystems we have conducted investigations and assessments with respect to: fauna and vegetation species; fauna and vegetation communities; species of ecological significance; endemism; habitat integrity and significance; matters of national or international environmental significance; water and sediment quality; migratory species; impact assessment and mitigation; ecosystem buffer determination and management; ecological offsets; feral and weed species; and, targeted species searches.
Ecological studies are a pre-requisite to developing environmental sensitivity maps, predicting impacts and assessing the likely success of rehabilitation programs. Our ecological assessments assist with project design and the environmental assessment process for projects.
With a sound ecological foundation, we also provide a practical and integrated approach to landscape restoration and management considering soil, fire, water, weed, vegetation and fauna management.
Species impact statements and management plans
Aquatic flora and fauna surveys and assessments
Assessing the effects of dredging programs
Flora and fauna legislation referrals, appraisals and applications
Design and implementation of pre- and post-development environmental monitoring programs
Botanical surveys and plant community mapping with GIS
Marine biological research assessments (fish, plankton, water and sediments, mammals, turtles)
Marine, coastal and intertidal habitat mapping with GIS
Terrestrial and subterranean fauna studies
Wetland and riverine ecological survey and habitat assessment/management
Biodiversity surveys and investigation of significant species/communities.