The responsible authority (i.e. council, DSE) may request a Fauna Survey and/or Habitat Assessment if an action will result in the removal of native vegetation or fauna habitat.
A Fauna Survey obtains information on terrestrial fauna present within a particular area and the immediate surrounds using a range of survey techniques (binoculars, active searching, incidental evidence, trapping).
A Habitat Assessment records features (overstorey, understorey and groundcover vegetation type and structure) likely to be important to fauna and assesses the likelihood of significant species inhabiting an area.
Fauna Surveys and Habitat Assessments should only be undertaken by suitably qualified and experienced zoologists with the appropriate permits and approvals.