Below is information about the Boronia survey work the consortium is currently involved with.
The Granite Belt has two nationally endangered boronia species – granite boronia (Boronia granitica) and repanda boronia (Boronia repanda). Due to a lack of comprehensive surveys, we know little about their population size and trends, distribution and threats.
In late 2019, the Consortium was awarded a small Community Sustainability Action grant from the Queensland Government to survey and promote better management of these boronias.
The aims of the project are to:
assess the size and distribution of the most important subpopulations of Boronia granitica and Boronia repanda on the Granite Belt.
document threats (eg browsing by feral goats, damage from feral pigs, weed invasion, drought impacts, inappropriate fire regimes and clearing).
assess recent recruitment rates and determine whether it is occurring in the presence or absence of fire
set up fire monitoring sites for assessing the response of the boronias to future prescribed burning and wildfires and monitor populations subject to fire
encourage land managers to mitigate threats – eg through fire management or protection from browsing.
The project is being led by consultants Tim Low and Carol Booth, and consortium members are participating in surveys and monitoring.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you know the locations of boronia plants or would like to participate in surveys.
Image: Paula Boatfield
Image: Ian Milinovich
Consortium members surveying Boronia repanda
Image: Tim Low