Project BatWise

Project Info

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Team Name


Team Members

Keiren Munckton , Jonty , Declan , Cooper , Bronwyn

Project Description

Australia hosts diverse flying fox species, including three on the Sunshine Coast: The Little Red Flying Fox, The Black Flying Fox, and the endangered Grey-Headed Flying Fox. Flying Foxes are a keystone species for many Australian Natives, being responsible for the pollination and seed dispersal for over 600 species. The Sunshine Coast contains over 40 roosts which maintain our ecosystems and support sustainability however, the increase of habitat fragmentation due to urbanisation has resulted in cases of human wildlife conflict in roost locations.

BatWise is an interactive platform, drawing inspiration from the'Dial before you Dig' concept, BatWise Provides an interactive map which highlights flying fox protection areas on the Sunshine Coast. Accessible to residents, developers, and the council, the app features urbanization policies and community engagement through reporting and benefits.

#environment #conservation #flyingfox #flora #fauna #community #sunshinecoast #endangered

Data Story

We utilised data sets from the Sunshine Coast Council, Morten Bay Regional Council, and the Q Spatial Data hubs. These data sets were imported as shapefiles into QGIS and cleaned up using the validity tool. The data was then exported as a csv file and manipulated in excel to determine a criticality rating for each recorded flying fox location. The criticality rating was derived from a multitude of variables including the species type and whether or not they are endangered, present young, total population, and regional ecosystem type. We then used QGIS to spatially join criticality data and property boundary cadastre to develop a prototype of the BatWise interactive map. A demo of the BatWise app which includes the interactive map and other feature tabs such as data space, education and further resources was also created.

Evidence of Work


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Team DataSets

Flying Fox Observations

Description of Use Used to plot the species population across different observation sites in the Morten Bay Region.

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Property Boundaries Queensland

Description of Use Used in location and mapping of property boundaries to highlight to proximity of neighbouring properties to flying fox observation sites.

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Vegetation Management Regional Ecosystem Map

Description of Use Used in location and mapping of vegetation/habitats. Used for criticality rating calculation (Regional Ecosystem Score).

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Envvec Flying Fox Survey

Description of Use Used in location and mapping of flying fox species, where the counts of the total population, endangered/critical species, and young species were used to calculate the criticality rating.

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Challenge Entries

Governance - Better use of data

How can we better utilise population data of urban flying-fox roosts to improve understanding of their movement patterns and promote strategic conservation efforts and inform management responses to reduce human/wildlife conflict?

Go to Challenge | 5 teams have entered this challenge.

Moreton Bay greening as we grow (QLD)

How might we harness the power of the everyday citizen to help protect our diverse flora and fauna as we grow our region; creating a diverse and flourishing planet for generations to come?

Go to Challenge | 11 teams have entered this challenge.

Best Creative Use of Data in Response to ESG

How can you showcase data in a creative manner to respond to ESG challenges? How can we present and visualise data to stimulate conversation and promote change?

Go to Challenge | 33 teams have entered this challenge.