Boronia surveys

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 rwc@granitenet.com.au if you know the locations of boronia plants or would like to participate in surveys.

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Boronia granitica

Image: Paula Boatfield

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Boronia repanda

Image: Ian Milinovich

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Consortium members surveying Boronia repanda

Image: Tim Low