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General Advice:

How might my plans
affect threatened species?

This page presents links to background information and important advice relating to the principal activities people may be considering in relation to threatened species. Remember! different activities can affect species in very different ways, and not all activities will be detrimental.
Advice on how to find out whether a threatened species is in your area
Conservation Management
Advice on how individuals and organisations could help a species recover from its threatened status
Cutting or Clearing Trees or other Vegetation
Advice on how to minimise potential negative impacts on threatened species of removing or cutting back both native and introduced plants of any size, from trees to grasses, both dead and alive
Advice on minimising any potential impacts, and maximising any potential benefits, to threatened species from burning
Advice on how to minimise potential negative impacts of any type of agriculture, from cropping to grazing
Advice on minimising potential negative impacts on threatened species of any type of construction, from houses to wind turbines to roads
Advice on how to minimise potential negative impacts of, and following on from, the subdivision of a property
Advice on minimising potential negative impacts relating to removing, adding and moving earth
Changing Water Flow / Quality
Advice on minimising potential negative impacts of any activity changing the flow or quality of water in an area, from the creation or drainage of dams, to land drainage or irrigation, to activities leading to increased sediment in nearby water bodies
Use of Chemicals
Advice on how to minimise potential negative impacts of the use of any chemicals to an area
Advice on minimising potential negative impacts relating to recreational activities
General Management
Advice on minimising potential impacts on threatened species that applies to several types of activity
Photograph of a threatened species
Forty-spotted pardalote
Pardalotus quadragintus
Recent surveys indicate that the global population has declined by 60% in 17 years to around 1500 individuals.

Latest Updates


​Swift parrot breeding activity 2022-23  Swift parrot sighting records this year show birds to be concentrated in the following areas...


​​​Welcome! Take a closer look... [more]


It is now the breeding season for both Wedge-tailed Eagles and White-bellied Sea-eagles​. It is important to stay well away from nests that are being used during this period (i.e. hundreds of metres away, out of sight and hearing of nesting eagles), in order not to impact on bre​eding succ​ess.​



​​Solutions to birds hitting windows: The American Bird Conservancy has put together some very comprehensive, well researched guidelines on window designs & retrofits to reduce risk of bird deaths...



​A new Recovery Plan is now available for Tasmania's three handfish species [more]


Link to fire map on The List - constantly being updated...



​New and updated flora listing statements and notesheets are now online... [more]


​Survey​s indicate that swift parrot breeding this season is concentrated around Rheban and Southport Lagoon/Ida Bay, and that food availability is particularly limited, resulting in unusual behaviour.​ [more]


Area Search glitch fixed [more]


Marking Threatened Species Day 2014 - a new tool on the Threatened Species Link to make finding out what's in your area a whole lot easier...​ [more]


Lots of events around Threatened Species Day.... [more]


​Training course in the identification and management of wedge-tailed eagle and white-bellied sea eagle habitat and nest sites...​ [more]


​Artists: here's some food for thought...​​​ [more]


Calling... conservationists, curators, biologists, artists, natural resource managers, writers, school teachers, musicians, environmental consultants and planners, film-makers and other lovers of Tasmania's plants and animals... [more]


New and updated flora listing statements and notesheets have been added​​... [more]


Temporarily missing links e.g. listing statements ​DPIPWE has launched a brand new website​ which is well worth exploring. However there are some temporarily missing links arising on the Threatened Species Link...​​​ [more]


Announcing the arrival of TasVeg 3.0​​​​​ [more]


Your comments please! The draft Threatened Tasmanian Orchids Recovery Plan 2013 is available for public comment until 14th February 2014. ​


Are you seeing swift parrots regularly this year? If so, the monitoring team would be very interested to hear of your observations.​​ [more]


​Swift parrot breeding areas this year include the Eastern Tiers, around Tooms Lake and Lake Leake, in areas between Buckland and Woodsdale, around Orford township, on North and South Bruny and around Devonport. Ongoing surveys may identify additional areas.​​ [more]


​This Saturday is National Threatened Species Day. Check out, share and discuss our list of Ten Things that we can all do to help reduce the risk of extinction for Tasmania's threatened species. ​​ [more]


Eagle nest activity checks: recommendation to hold off until November.​ It is now the breeding season for both wedge-tailed eagles and sea eagles. It's important to stay well away - hundreds of metres away, out of sight and hearing of an eagle on a nest - to avoid risks of impact on breeding success. For those needing to check whether a nest is occupied, the Forest Practices Authority now recommends only November checks. Earlier checks may result in mistakes.


Very much alive and kicking! After a decade of occasional single observations - enough only to know that the stunningly beautiful Miena jewel beetle wasn't extinct - zoologists have hit the jackpot.​ [more]


For extra help with plant identification - have you tried Greg Jordan & David Tng's online Key to Tasmanian Vascular Plants? A fantastic resource.​


Designing windows or fences near the east coast? Did you know about the guidelines for swift parrot-friendly building design? See Minimising the swift parrot​​ collision threat