Your Digital Toolbox for Surveying
Your Main Tools
- Make a free login at https://planportal.fcnsw.net/
- Lookup local logging on the Forestry Plan Portal 12 month plan of operations Map of NSW .
- A timestamp photo app on your mobile phone is essential. We recommend Timestamp Camera Enterprise Free, as it will add time and GPS coordinates (6 decimal points best) to your photo for evidence.
- A digital mapping program you can view your location while out in the forest and drop pins to geolocate key features is key. Avenza Maps is free, and great resource for this. You can add photos to Avenza Map pins that you have taken on Timestamp Camera with the GPS coordinates on the front of the photo. Google maps is a viable alternative.
- Create an account, explore records and submit your findings with iNaturalist as this has lists of all natural life recorded in a certain area. If you are on the NSW South Coast explore the Atlas Of Life in the Coastal Wilderness (Moruya to Victorian border) or Budawang Atlas of Life (Kiama to Moruya).
Up-skill with nature apps
The following apps, websites and books provide you with knowledge of local species and how to identify them.
- Bird ID Apps - Both the Morcombe & Stewart and Pizzey & Knight Birds of Australia apps are great resources for calls, and the Birdlife Australia Birdata app.
- Plants of South Eastern New South Wales Australia App
- Australian Museum Animal Fact Sheets
- Australian Museum’s Frog ID app
- EUCLID and Leon Costerman’s Native Trees and Shrubs of South Eastern Australia book are great resources for identifying flora.
- WomSAT- record and track where wombats are near you
Large Forest Owls Project - Nature Conservation Council 12 short videos on song meters, nest boxes for surveying for threatened species to trigger environmental protection.