Ecological Protocols Project

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Standardising environmental monitoring and data systems for improved decision making.

The Ecological Protocols Project aims to provide standardised ecological field survey and monitoring protocols, consistency in data recording and support for the development of a biodiversity data repository that stores and shares FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, re-usable) survey data.


  1. Improve consistency in data recording to ensure data generated from Natural Resource Management (NRM) investments is compatible across individual projects, regions and jurisdictions.
  2. Strengthen the evidence base for assessing and quantifying the impact of feral pest control on a range of NRM outcomes.
  3. Support better access to, and re-use of, vertebrate pest survey data for a variety of purposes, including research and policy making.
  4. Identify current best practice monitoring protocols and data collection tools for target vertebrate pest species.
  5. Communicate effectively to facilitate engagement with all stakeholder groups.
  6. Develop tools (app) and systems for effective data management


To standardise ecological field survey and monitoring protocols, consistency in data recording, and support the development of a Biodiversity Data Repository that stores and shares FAIR survey data.


Ecological Protocols Project FAQ

The 19 modules are: plot selection and layout, plot description, photopoints, floristics, plant tissue vouchering, cover, basal area, coarse woody debris, recruitment, fire, condition, soils, vegetation mapping, interventions, opportunistic observations, invertebrate fauna, vertebrate fauna, targeted surveys and camera traps.

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