Useful apps and websites

WeedScan, Australia’s first AI weed app

WeedScan, Australia’s first artificial intelligence (AI) weed identification, notification and management app, was launched in December 2023 by CSIRO. WeedScan can be downloaded from the App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

Canberra Nature Map - app and website

This app and website allow you to report and view plant and animal sightings in the Canberra region. Note that the app is more limited in its functionality than the website − its main purpose is to record observations. For sightings to be accepted, photos need to be tagged with the location where they are taken. The free app is available for Android and iOS and the current version is called NatureMapr (select Canberra Nature Map as a project on opening for the first time).

eGuide to Australian Birds - app

Michael Morcombe & David Stewart, includes images, text descriptions, calls and distribution maps. Can be tailored to record your own observations. Priced app available for Android, iOS and Windows.

Friends of Grasslands - website

Friends of Grasslands (FOG) provides information and activities relating to the management and conservation of grasslands and grassy woodlands.

MV Field Guide to Victorian Fauna - app

Museum Victoria, free app for Android and iOS. Includes descriptions of over 950 species, including birds, mammals, fishes, reptiles, frogs and invertebrates from terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments.

PlantNET New South Wales Flora Online - website

This website from the Royal Botanic Gardens Domain Trust presents a demonstration of one approach to an electronic Flora of New South Wales. Data are derived from the printed Flora of New South Wales series, published by the UNSW Press, augmented with data from electronic sources maintained by the National Herbarium of New South Wales.

Restoring grassy woodland - website

This website has writings on the subject of land management and practical ecology by Dr Sue McIntyre. A selection of articles that are published in the monthly Gundaroo Gazette are posted on this site. Topics covered include weed management, observations and information about local fauna and flora, tree management and some aspects of livestock management.

VicFlora Flora of Victoria - website

VicFlora is a comprehensive and current guide to the wild plants of Victoria. With plant profiles, identification tools and richly illustrated, the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria provides this resource free-of-charge for land managers, scientists, students and indeed anyone with an interest in Victorian plants.

EUCLID eucalypt identification tool

Developed by CSIRO, EUCLID is the definitive electronic reference guide for Australian eucalypts. It helps anyone to understand and accurately identify a eucalypt with limited information. It covers morphology – habit, bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, buds, seeds and juveniles – geographic and ecological information, as well as illustrations of features that are difficult to describe such as leaf vein arrangements.