Conservation management guidelines

Disclaimer: The information in these resources is general in nature and intended as a guide only. For information or advice specific to your BCT agreement, contact your local Landholder Support Officer or the BCT hotline: 1300 992 688. 

Conservation e-learning

Learn conservation management activity you can do on your property via our free online learning program of themed modules.

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Managing farm dams for biodiversity

A well-managed dam can be a valuable resource for native wildlife and ecosystem function.

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Artificial hollows guidelines front cover
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BCT Artificial Hollows Guidelines

These guidelines provide consistency in identifying fauna species for which artificial hollows are appropriate, outlines specifications for different species, and identifies circumstances where funding of artificial hollows is supported by the BCT.

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Template for guiding regeneration and revegetation
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Best practice revegetation plan template

Template for accredited assessors in guiding regeneration and revegetation.

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Ecological thinning
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Ecological Thinning Guidelines

To provide landholders with a broad understanding of ecological thinning in the context of biodiversity conservation and management.

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Essential conservation fencing
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Essential Conservation Fencing Guidelines

To assist landholder with conservation fencing, including standards and cost benchmarks.

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The first page of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust's koala fencing guidelines
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Rural fencing modifications for koala movement

This fact sheet offers advice on fencing suitable for koala movement across a conservation agreement area.

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Cover page of the NSW NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust guidelines for managing overabundant kangaroos
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Managing overabundant kangaroos

NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust guidance on managing overabundant kangaroos on conservation agreement properties

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Roo brochure
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Managing overabundant kangaroos brochure

A visual guide to accompany the guidelines above.

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RENEWS fire recovery
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RENEWS: guide for conservation recovery post-fire

Key steps in recovery after a bushfire.

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Restoring native veg
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Restoring Native Vegetation Guidelines

To support landholders undertaking assisted regeneration and revegetation.

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BCT permissible activities guide Front Cover
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Passive recreational and commercial activities

To outline recreational and commercial activities permitted within new agreements established under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016.

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Guidelines for Biodiversity Stewardship sites
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Guideline for Biodiversity Stewardship Sites

These guidelines relate to areas within a Biodiversity Stewardship Site that are to be excluded for the purposes of credit generation.

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Grazing to support conservation

The BCT has a number of resources to support grazing strategies which maximise biodiversity values. 

The guidelines below have been developed for landholders involved in the BCT’s programs to help develop grazing strategies that maintain and enhance biodiversity in native grassland and grassy woodland ecosystems.

The grazing monitoring and protocol document helps landholder monitor and report grazing. 

BCT Livestock Grazing Guidelines Cover_Feb 2022
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Livestock grazing guidelines

Guidelines to help landholders develop livestock grazing strategies that maintain and enhance biodiversity.

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LH Brochure Title Card 2022
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Livestock Grazing Management

Guidelines to identify land where grazing may be an appropriate conservation management tool and explain the grazing strategies available to conserve and enhance biodiversity in native grassland and grassy woodland ecosystems.

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Grazing management tools
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Grazing management tools

A deck of grazing management 'cards' to assist with measuring healthy condition vegetation and ground cover, identify who's grazing in your paddock, and set up photo monitoring points. Print, cut out and attach together as a handy guide.

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Sward height ruler - all BCT regions

Print and cut out this ruler (double-sided) to assist in measuring average sward height of native grasses in your conservation area.

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Sward height ruler - Central West region

Print and cut out this ruler (double-sided) to assist in measuring average sward height of native grasses specific to the Central West NSW in your conservation area.

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Fire as a management tool

Fire is integral to many Australian ecosystems. Native species and ecological communities have evolved with, and in some cases become dependent on, the occurrence of fire to support natural life cycles. 

The use of fire as a management tool by Aboriginal people has shaped Australia's landscapes for tens of thousands of years.

The guidelines below have been developed to support fire as a management tool for private land conservation (PLC) agreements. They can also be used to determine whether burning may be an appropriate management action within an agreement area. 


Fire as a management tool_Front Cover
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Fire as a management tool

This document contains all the information necessary to understand the planning and implementation of fire as a tool to manage biodiversity.

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Factsheet for new agreements

To assist landholders who are looking to establish an agreement with the BCT and understand how this may affect bush fire risk management activities.

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Factsheet for existing agreements

To assist existing BCT agreement holders understand fire activities that can be undertaken within an agreement area.

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Land management educational videos

Managing for conservation
Restoring native vegetation

Linked to the Restoring Native Vegetation Guidelines above, this video highlights the different factors to consider before undertaking a native vegetation restoration project on your property.

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Managing for Conservation
The Benefits of Artificial Hollows

Learn about the benefits of artificial hollows and monitoring the species that use them. 
Managing for Conservation
Grazing as a Conservation Tool

The BCT's Alice McGrath discusses the key things to consider when using grazing as a tool for conservation.

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Hollows to support habitat

The BCT's Harriet Ampt talks through different options to help native animals by installing artificial hollows on your land.

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Exploring your conservation area

BCT ecologist Joel Stibbard discusses ways to identify and record the biodiversity on your property and highlights how the information can build our understanding of landscape.

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Wildlife friendly fencing

Joel Stibbard looks at the important things to consider when choosing appropriate fencing for your conservation area.

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Managing for Conservation
Weed Management & Property Planning

A look at how landholders can tackle the challenge of restoring ecosystems to their natural state through planning and prioritising weed control.

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Managing for conservation
Recovering from a fire event

BCT ecologist Joel Stibbard talks through the steps for recovering after a bushfire event, how to prepare for future fires, and what you can do to help restore the biodiversity on your property.

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Third-party guidelines on conservation and land management

Additional resources to assist landholders with general conservation management issues*. 

Animal pest control

Vertebrate Pest Animals - Information for land managers

For more information on animal pest control, we recommend contacting your regional Local Land Services. Their contact details can be found on their website.

Native vegetation management

Florabank Model Code of Practice for community-based collectors and suppliers of native plant seed


NSW Weed Control Handbook
NSW Weed Wise