What is a Flora and Fauna Report?
A Flora and Fauna Assessment Report also known as a Flora and Fauna Report, or Biodiversity Assessment Report is an assessment report that identifies all potential threatened species and/or ecological communities located on the development site and the surrounding landscape.
This report is examined by Council (or the regulator) to determine the potential impacts of a proposed development on the identified species or ecological communities.
The following reports have different names, as set by the relevant council/regulatory authority, but all are prepared by a qualified Ecologist such as Land Eco Consulting. Each of these reports provide the same information as a Flora and Fauna Report:
When is a Flora and Fauna Assessment Report Required?
A Flora and Fauna Assessment Report is required for any development proposed on a property that contains, native vegetation, native trees, or Is adjacent to native vegetation (e.g. National Parks, bushland reserves, wildlife corridors, coastal protection areas, or native vegetation on private property).
Sometimes a proposed development site has been historically cleared however, Councils may still request a Flora and Fauna Report to assess the sites capacity to act as a corridor or linkage for threatened species, or Contains sensitive environmental areas likely to contain important habitat resources for fauna (although these may not be vegetated) such as riparian areas, wetlands or swamps, rocky outcrops, stormwater outlets, course woody debris, hollow bearing trees, caves, cliffs. Council then assess how the proposal will directly or indirectly impact on these areas, vegetation or natural features of the site.
Land Eco Consulting provide Flora and Fauna Assessment Reports including 'Five  Part' Tests of Significance'pursuant to section 7.3 of the New South Wales (NSW) Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 for clients seeking Development Application (DA) approval throughout Sydney, Newcastle, Hunter Valley, Central Coast, South Coast, Southern Highlands, Illawarra, North Coast and regional New South Wales, Australia.
This type of Report is often required for Development Applications (DA) including residential, industrial and agricultural that are assessed by a local Council under Part 4 of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.
A Flora and Fauna Report can only be prepared by a qualified Ecologist such as the qualified experts at Land Eco Consulting.
The Flora and Fauna Report will identify the impacts (if any) to threatened species, populations and/or ecological communities listed under the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016 that occur on or around the site of the proposed DA.
Flora and Fauna Reports must be written in a particular manner and contain enough detail for Council to make an informed decision on whether to approve/reject the DA on the ground of adequate impact mitigation to any threatened species, population or community.
Land Eco Consulting can help your project through to approval
Land Eco have a team lead by a Principal Ecologist, Kurtis Lindsay, who holds a strong track record in producing quality Flora & Fauna Reports to meet the requirements of all Councils in Sydney and the state of New South Wales Australia.
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