Thick-billed Grasswren (Eastern Subspecies) (Amytornis textilis modestus) (North, 1902) Recovery Plan

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, July 2002
ISBN 0 7313 65143

10 Recovery Actions

10.1 Action 1 - Identify extant populations of the Thick-billed Grasswren

Areas in NSW where a population of the Thick-billed Grasswren may still be extant should be identified and a targeted survey undertaken by persons suitably experienced with grasswrens. Potential areas of survey are those where suitable habitat exists and the known threatening process have had the least impact.

Outcome

A targeted survey may produce a present day record which would greatly assist in determining the status of the species in NSW. Location of an extant population may allow for the insight into the species requirements that will assist in management and guide any future surveys for other populations.

Action 1
2002/2003
2003/2004
2004/2005
2005/2006
2006/2007
Survey
$4 900
$4 900
$4 900
Nil
Nil
TOTAL
 
 
 
 
$14 700

Agency responsible for implementation
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Funding Source
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

10.2 Action 2 - Increase awareness and community participation

Produce information on the Thick-billed Grasswren for distribution to interest groups or members of the public. This material should provide a brief description of the species, its ecological requirements, known records and the proposed conservation actions in the Recovery Plan. The information material and the need for future records to be established via NPWS and interest group surveys should be actively promoted.

Outcome

The information material will increase awareness of the Thick-billed Grasswren and may promote surveys for the species to be undertaken by interest groups or members of the public. This will increase the potential for a future record of the species in NSW being obtained.

Action 2
2002/2003
2003/2004
2004/2005
2005/2006
2006/2007
Survey
$2000
Nil
$500
Nil
$500
TOTAL
 
 
 
 
$3000

Agency responsible for implementation
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Funding Source
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

10.3 Action 3 - Monitoring the results of future fauna surveys in NSW

The results of future fauna surveys should be monitored for any record of the Thick-billed Grasswren. Were any population of the species to be located then they would have a high priority for conservation action when such action were found to be required following a review of the status and threats to the population.

Outcome

The outcome of this action is to identify any future records of the Thick-billed Grasswren in NSW, which will assist in conservation efforts.

Action 3
2002/2003
2003/2004
2004/2005
2005/2006
2006/2007
Survey
Nil
Nil
Nil
Nil
Nil
TOTAL
 
 
 
 
Nil

Agency responsible for implementation
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Funding Source
Not required.

10.4 Action 4 - Development of an extended records reporting system

This action aims to develop a program to aid in the identification of past and future records of threatened species for which the status and distribution is poorly known. Included within this group would be those species in NSW with very limited records or for which there have been few or no records from recent times.

The need for such a program arises from the fact that identification of such records can often be fraught with difficulty given the diffuse collection of databases and record sources associated with botanical, invertebrate and vertebrate species. NPWS operates an extensive wildlife record dataset called Wildlife Atlas and also monitors a variety of major, reputable datasets from CSIRO, Australian Museum and Birds Australia. Records of rare species are by their very nature uncommon and may come from a more unusual source not actively monitored by conservation agencies. Subsequently, conservation efforts can be hindered when such records are not brought to the attention of conservation agencies. This is especially important when swift identification of records can be critical to the conservation of a species.

The action requires the development of a 'Poorly Known Status and Distribution Register'. The register can then be promoted to a variety of government and non-government organisations that may obtain or have access to biological records. Recipients would be actively encouraged to immediately report to NSW NPWS records of any species listed on the register.

Outcome

Increase the reporting rate of selected threatened species to assist in the conservation efforts.

Action 4
2002/2003
2003/2004
2004/2005
2005/2006
2006/2007
Survey
Nil
Nil
Nil
Nil
Nil
TOTAL
 
 
 
 
Nil

Agency responsible for implementation
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

Funding Source
Not required.

10.5 Action 5 - Recovery Plan Co-ordination

Ensure the Actions contained within this Plan are properly implemented and that relevant government agencies, organisations, stakeholders and individuals are sufficiently informed about the process.

Outcomes

Efficient and co-ordinated implementation of Recovery Plan actions.

Action 5
2002/2003
2003/2004
2004/2005
2005/2006
2006/2007
Survey
$1000
$1000
$1000
$1000
$1000
TOTAL
 
 
 
 
$5000

Responsibilities for Implementation
NSW National Parks and Wildlife

Funding Source
NSW National Parks and Wildlife