Habitat survey Why conduct a habitat survey? To understand the condition and quality of a waterway A healthy waterway usually means that the surrounding land or catchment is in good condition An unhealthy waterway indicates that something is wrong in the catchment www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au
Environmental report card Decide the format of your environmental report Booklet Poster Certificate www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au
Habitat factors Bank erosion and stability In-stream cover Verge vegetation Bank vegetation www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au
Habitat factors www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au Riffle Pool
In-stream cover: Fish and other aquatic organisms require snags, logs and rocks where they can shelter for predators and the current. Verge vegetation: Vegetation growing on the section of land up to 30 meters from the water’s edge. Bank vegetation: Trees, shrubs, grasses, ground covers that grow on the bank. Habitat factors www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au
Wetland organisms Bank erosion and stability: Streams naturally erode, usually on bends. Changes in adjacent land can cause a stream to become unstable, such as run-off from impervious surfaces and stock access. Riffles: A shallow area in a stream where water rushes quickly. Pools: Upsteam of a riffle the water is often quiet and may form a pool. Habitat factors www.ecolinc.vic.edu.au
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