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Launching a new tool on the Threatened Species Link

​Today the Threatened Species Link has launched a brand new tool to help you figure out what's in your area.

The Area Search on the Threatened Species Link shows which threatened species might be in a specified area, by generating a list of all threatened species recorded within five kilometres.

To help users be clearer on which species on the list are more likely to be in a chosen area, a tool comprising two new features has been added.

The first feature, ‘show habitat’, gives a short description of the habitat where each of the species on the list have been found. This information isn’t available for every species yet, but the majority of the most threatened are covered. So now you can click on ‘show habitat’, track down the list and cross out those which only live in habitat that isn’t in your area.

The second feature, ‘show survey’, helps plan any surveys that may be needed. Click on ‘show survey’ and you’ll see the best time of year to survey for each species. Plants in particular may be very difficult to identify outside a brief flowering period – and different plants flower at different times of the year. There’s probably no point in getting an expert out in March if many of the species that might be present are more easily surveyed in May. 

You can find out more about understanding Area Search results. You can also click on specific species profiles to learn more about what’s required for a survey, and which ones you might be able to seek out for yourself.

These new features are being launched to mark Threatened Species Day 2014, in line with this year's these of 'Size doesn't matter'. It's hoped that they can help us identify some of the less conspicuous threatened species around us. More details in this Tasmanian Regions article: A new online tool for Threatened Species Day.

Have a go with the new features, take a closer look, and discover some rarely seen wonders!

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