Woodland Watch (also known as Healthy Ecosystems) is a collaborative project involving WWF-Australia and the Western Australian Herbarium, with the assistance of funding from the Western Australian and Australian Governments. A major objective of the project was to carry out floristic surveys of selected remnant eucalypt woodlands (and other priority under-represented vegetation types) of the Avon Wheatbelt and Western Mallee Bioregions — all on private farmlands. The Avon Wheatbelt and Western Mallee bioregions are situated in the South West Botanical Province of Western Australia and are largely bound by Jarrah forest in the south west, and by the Murchison and goldfields districts of the Eremaean Botanical Province to the north east and east. It encompasses an area of 93,520 square kilometres, of which 93% has been cleared. The targeted vegetation types focused on by the project all are under-represented in the state conservation estate.
Surveying the Woodland
Over 8,872 specimens have been collected in the course of these surveys and details of the species they represent are available here on a site by site basis.
Four woodland types considered by WWF-Australia to be amongst the most threatened Eucalypt woodland communities of the Avon Wheatbelt and Western Mallee bioregions were selected for study, namely Eucalyptus loxophleba (York Gum), Eucalyptus salubris (Brown Gimlet), Eucalyptus salmonophloia (Salmon Gum) and Eucalyptus longicornis (Red Morrel) woodlands. In addition since 2006, about 20 more priority Beard-Hopkins Vegetation Associations have been targeted by the project. The role of the Western Australian Herbarium was to survey, identify and voucher all plant species from some 186 selected woodland sites.
Each site links to a list of species that were discovered at that site. From there you can browse to related information on each species.
- Supplemental Project Report 2008 (2.2 Mb PDF)
- Supplemental Project Report 2007 (1.4 Mb PDF)
- Supplemental Project Report 2006 (1.3 Mb PDF)
- Supplemental Project Report 2005 (530 Kb PDF)
- Supplemental Project Report 2004 (360 Kb PDF)
- Supplemental Project Report 2003 (260 Kb PDF)
- Supplemental Project Report 2002 (280 Kb PDF)
- Woodland Watch Project Report 2000–2001 (630 kB PDF)
See also WWF-Australia’s Woodland Watch site.