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. 

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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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Kangaroo guidelines
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Managing Overabundant Kangaroos Guidelines

To ensure that overabundant kangaroos affecting private land conservation agreements can be appropriately managed.

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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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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. 

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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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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
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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
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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. 

 

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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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establishing an agreement_Front Cover
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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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existing an agreement_Front Cover
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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
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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Managing for Conservation
Grazing as a Conservation Tool

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

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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

Weeds

NSW Weed Control Handbook
NSW Weed Wise