Fauna Relocation Project

Project Overview

Dowe’s Quarry is located 8 km northeast of Tenterfield, off Mount Lindesay Road. The quarry is situated along a ridgeline and operates to extract quartoze material. A number of hollow-bearing trees have been identified for removal as part of a larger 1.4 ha area to be cleared to the south-west of the existing extraction area.

Our Role

Ecobalance was engaged by Darryl McCarthy Constructions Pty Ltd to:

  • Undertake an assessment of a number of hollow-bearing trees for the presence of nesting or roosting fauna, with a particular focus on identifying Koalas, prior to tree felling;
  • Supervise and instruct machine operators on the principles for soft felling;
  • Inspect tree hollows post-tree felling and remove any injured native fauna and transport to the local vet or an organisation such as WIRES for treatment;
  • Prepare a report.


Site Assessment

A rapid fauna assessment was undertaken (i.e. one hour before dusk and one hour after dusk) to determine native fauna activity. This assessment focused on targeted searches for threatened species (including Koalas), animal scats, nesting activity, scratching and marks.

Tree Assessment

A number Mountain Gum (Eucalyptus dalrympleana) and New England Blackbutt (Eucalyptus campanulata) tree species were identified and assessed for fauna habitat prior to their removal. All three species were in moderate to good health and contained a small number of hollows (i.e. 15cm to 25 cm). There was no evidence of bird nests. 

Fauna Assessment

A small number of bird species were recorded utilising the three tree species including: Australian magpie (Cracticus tibicen); Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae) and Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus). Part C of the report summarises a number of actions that were taken pre and post-tree felling.


Tenterfield NSW Australia


Darryl McCarthy Constructions Pty Ltd