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

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

Executive Summary


Legislative context

The Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 (TSC Act) is NSW's most comprehensive attempt at establishing a legislative framework to protect and encourage the recovery of threatened species, populations and communities. Under the TSC Act, the Director-General of National Parks and Wildlife has certain responsibilities including the preparation of Recovery Plans for threatened species, populations and ecological communities. This Recovery Plan has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the TSC Act.

Preparation of Plan

This Recovery Plan has been prepared by staff from the Threatened Species Unit, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, Western Directorate. The information in this Recovery Plan was accurate to the best of the NPWS' knowledge on the date it was approved.

Current Species Status

The Thick-billed Grasswren (Amytornis textilis) is listed as Endangered on Schedule 1 of the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995. The species was once distributed across much of western NSW but has not been recorded in this state since 1956 (McAllan 2000). The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (1996) lists this species as Vulnerable, the species being at high risk of extinction in the wild in the medium to long term future, and having a continual decline in population structure or individuals. The species is also listed as Vulnerable on the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Recovery Objectives

The primary objective of this Recovery Plan is to identify and conserve any extant populations of Thick-billed Grasswren in NSW.

Specific objectives of the Thick-billed Grasswren Recovery Plan are:

  1. targeted surveys to determine the species conservation status in NSW are undertaken in areas most likely to maintain extant populations;
  2. establish a community awareness and survey program;
  3. monitoring the results of future fauna surveys in NSW for records of the Thick-billed Grasswren; and
  4. develop a 'Poorly Known Status and Distribution Register' in NSW which lists Thick-billed Grasswren as well as other appropriate species in order to increase awareness and increase the likelihood of a record of the species being gained by interest groups or researchers.

Recovery performance criteria

Recovery criteria for the Thick-billed Grasswren are that:

  1. the current status of the species in NSW is determined;
  2. community awareness of the species and knowledge of its present status is increased; and
  3. efforts are made to increase the likelihood of a record of the species in NSW being obtained from any source during the life of the recovery plan.

Recovery Actions

Recovery actions for the Thick-billed Grasswren will be directed towards:

  1. identifying extant populations of the Thick-billed Grasswren in NSW;
  2. increasing public awareness and community participation in the species conservation;
  3. monitoring results of future fauna surveys in NSW;
  4. developing a future records reporting program; and
  5. Recovery Plan co-ordination.