There are many handy online tools available to help landholders learn more about and help manage their properties. Shown here are just a few that I thought might be useful to Land for Wildlife members.
- Finding your LotPlans (eAtlas)
eAtlas is an easy way to look up the Lot on Plan number for your property. The Lot on Plan number is used in several online tools to identify your property and generate reports, so it is an important reference number to have handy.
Biomaps showcases 17 Queensland spatial layers relating to WildNet data (plant and animal observations), administrative layers, biodiversity, wetlands and vegetation. You can search by Lot on Plan, local government and protected areas. It also has the ability to generate reports for properties and drawn areas including reports that summarise WildNet data.
QImagery is the Qld Governments’ online collection of historical aerial photography. It covers the 1930s to 2009. Simply enter your address and click Search to find a list of images available for your area. Note that earlier images may not be accurately geo-referenced, so the locations can be out by quite a bit. Try travelling backwards in time through the images to follow the changing landscape features.
Avenza is a mobile app which allows you to import geo-referenced PDF maps and then uses the Location function (GPS) on your phone to place a pin on the map at your location. It can also record point information so is handy if you are out on your property and find something of interest. See Nick’s article on page 12 for more details.
- Queensland Property Reports Service
This service generates relevant property information and maps upon request. A variety of reports are available including protected plants survey triggers, land suitability and regulated vegetation. Only one Lot on Plan can be queried per report, so if you have a large property consisting of multiple Lot on Plans, this may be a little time-consuming.
- SEQ Story Maps
Healthy Land and Water have produced a collection of interactive online story maps covering a wide range of topics. The stories are packed with useful information on fish habitats, Citizen Science projects, rainforests affected by climate variability and erosion hazard risk areas. Story maps are created on a regular basis so check in every now and then to see what’s new.<.li>
- The new Qld Globe
The Qld Globe is a compilation of spatial data held by the Queensland Government. Because there is so much information in the Globe, it can take a little while to customise the map with what you want. There are quite a few menus to explore as well. You will need a good internet connection, as some of the layers are quite large and will take time to load particularly complex layers such as Regional Ecosystems. Note that although the imagery is recent, the Regional Ecosystem data is two versions behind.
- High-Resolution Maps of Land for Wildlife Properties
Healthy Land and Water can produce high-resolution laminated maps of your property in either A3 or A1 formats upon request. Using the latest aerial imagery, these maps can be useful tools for property planning or can be proudly displayed in your home. Features such as contours, Lidar (digital elevation) and historical ‘before and after’ images can also be ordered.
Article by Melissa Walker
Knowledge Innovations Officer
Healthy Land and Water