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K.S. Research on Kachana: Invertebrate Studies.

Impact of Differing Cattle Grazing Intensities on Ants
Invertebrate studies in the Kimberley has been almost non-existent. And this despite the fact that 99% of biological biodiversity is either invertebrate or microbe. There has been an increasing awareness by researchers that the current burning programme in place in the Kimberley is having a detrimental impact on our terrestrial and aquatic biodiversity. Recent invertebrate work and research by scientists indicate that fire is having an even greater impact on our soils and water systems, indicating that unless we change our landcare strategies and undertake more immediate base line invertebrate research, we may lose the basic building blocks required for sustaining a healthy animal and plant biodiversity.

Kimberley Specialists facilitated and sponsored the Kachana fieldwork undertaken by Honours student Kirsten.

Kachana Pastoral Station offers the research scientist an incredible range of habitat systems in with to undertake a broad range of terrestrial and aquatic invetebrate and vertebrate studies. Kachana Pastoral Stations landcare programme is ensuring that several areas have been earmarked for conservation and are providing 'biodiversity refugia' zones and 'isalnds of biodiversity'.

For more information on invertebrate research see Biotraks website www.


Copies of reports, a list of researchers presently involved and their direct contact details can be obtained from Kimberley Specialists