Bush Blitz Case Study

There are an estimated 580,000-680,000 species in Australia. However, three-quarters of this biodiversity is yet to be identified, and we can’t protect what we don’t know we have. Bush Blitz surveys facilitate the discovery and documentation of species, as well as sharing scientific knowledge about the biodiversity of Australia. The surveys bring together specialist taxonomists, local land managers, indigenous communities, teachers, students and BHP employees working to better understand and protect Australia’s rich biodiversity.

I had a tremendous time learning new things in a practical setting; I gained invaluable tools to take back to the classroom and built relationships that will have a significant bearing on my ability to deliver a more effective unit around bio diversity
– Oliver Lintott, high school teacher

Successful land management and biodiversity conservation relies on extensive data and rigorous research to inform conservation planning and land management strategies. It also relies on land manager capacity to not only implement best practice strategies and long term monitoring, but to also to understand the science behind these strategies. Bush Blitz is an encompassing program with a long term vision for sustainable land management that includes primary data collection and research, land manager capacity building, education and public awareness.

The Stats

  • 38 expeditions to over 5 million hectares of land since 2010 have helped discover over 1660 new species; as well as identifying over 250 species with extended ranges, over 500 threatened/endangered/vulnerable species and over 1200 pest species.
  • Hundreds of park rangers, indigenous rangers, traditional owners and other land managers have been engaged through the program as well as 81 BHP employees, 31 teachers and over 13,000 students.
  • All data and information collected is publically accessible for land managers, scientists and the general public to be used for conservation management, research and development of policies and management plans, such as the State of the Environment Report.