Wildlife Surveys in Tasmania

​​​​​Wildlife monitoring is an integral part of a wildlife management and conservation that informs managers of the success or otherwise of their programs. 

Sixteen species (80%) of the 20 species of wildlife subjected to either harvesting or culling in Tasmania are monitored and the results used to ensure that they are being managed sustainably.

​Annual State-wide​​ Spotlight Survey

This survey monitors the major harvested species:

  • brushtail possum​
  • Tasmanian pademelon
  • Bennetts wallaby

In more recent times they have also proved useful in monitoring a number of other species of conservation significance

  • common wombat
  • Tasmanian devil
  • bettong

  Spotlight Summary Report   (1Mb)​

​​​Monitorin​g Duck Po​​pulations

Each February since 1985, the Department carries out a state-wide count of waterbirds with assistance from the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service and many volunteers. These counts are not an attempt to count all of the ducks in the state but rather to get an index of trends in the populations.

A sample of 75 wetlands, of a variety of types, (e.g. farm dams to estuaries) are counted each year and the number of ducks seen gives an indication of whether duck numbers have increased or decreased. This information is then graphed, to indicate trends in the populations.

The graphs are available in the State-wide Waterbird Survey:

​​Our responsibilities​

In Tasmania, the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania (NRE Tas) is responsible for the conservation, management and protection of Tasmania's wildlife under the provisions of the Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulations 2021​, the Threatened Species Protection Act 1995 and the Whales Protection Act 1988. Over forty species of wildlife are monitored by NRE Tas, including:

  • rare and threatened species and
  • harvested species 


Wildlife Services
GPO Box 44
Phone: 03 6165 4305
Email: Wildlife.Services@nre.tas.gov.au