We've compiled a list of useful mobile apps, for natural resource management, all linked in one place for your convenience!

Please note that this list has been compiled for general information purposes and does not constitute a recommendation.

The list below (which we know isn't exhaustive), focusses on apps that are mostly free, and suitable for southern Queensland.

Citizen science Mapping
Australian Goverment Education
Community & emergency resources Water
Flora and fauna Weeds & pests
Grazing  Open Data (for Download)

Citizen science data collection

QMDC uses the Fulcrum app for some of our data collection needs. To use the Fulcrum apps you will to register:

  • Community Koala survey
  • Community Echidna survey
  • Community weeds survey (public) and
  • other apps developed by QMDC or DCQ.

See all apps available here

Australian Government app resources

  • Click here for a full list of Australian Government resources, in app form. Everything from the ABC radio to Winter Cereal Nutrition.
  • ABSStats: Official Australian statistics offers access to key economic indicators, location aware Census data, population clock and links with the ABS social media sites, the official web site and ABS BetaWorks.
  • See MyEnvironment in Flora/Fauna section below

Community and emergency resources

  • Is Grandma OK? There's going to be an app for that (from Theconversation.com)
  • Measure 'stuff' in a photo. Search your app store for any one of dozens of apps that allow you to take a photo, measure a small object (person), then estimate the length of a larger object (e.g. grain silo) in the same photo.
  • PocketFire is the complete mobile tool kit designed and developed in Australia to support firefighting and other emergency service operations. Latest release of PocketFire is available on the Apple App Store.
  • SocialLandscape - by Blitzm systems provides a funky look at census statistics from several sources (including ABS) for anywhere in Australia. 'This app is supported by a geospatial data platform that is highly scalable and capable of querying large volumes of geospatially organised data. The complete (paid) Social Landscape system allows statistical data to be queried and distributed efficiently so that is can be presented in a meaningful and effective way'. Only available from iTunes ($2.99).

Flora and fauna

  • BioMaps (Queensland Government portal for WildNet records).
  • WetlandSummary—facts and maps Access species lists, notes and images, as well as other environmental information for a range of area types within Queensland (such as local government areas, national parks, world heritage areas, marine parks and catchments). 
  • Regrowth benefits indicative map Use this interactive map to find information about particular places (sites) and their suitability for regrowing native forest including biodiversity benefits for priority species.
  • Census of Queensland flora  Names, distributions and status of Queensland plants, algae, fungi, lichens and cyanobacteria, based on the Queensland Herbarium database ‘Herbrecs’.
  • aekos Data Portal - Queensland CORVEG Database Access flora survey data from the Queensland Herbarium ‘Corveg’ database.
  • Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums Access animal specimen data obtained from Australian museum collections including the Queensland Museum.
  • Bccvl Modelling at your fingertips.  Your complete biodiversity and climate impact modelling platform.  Includes online training.
  • Pl@ntNet identify, explore and share your observations of wild plant.  Identify any plant from pictures.  No specific database for Australia yet, so try 'useful plants' that includes cultivated and ornamentals.
  • Australia’s Virtual Herbarium Access plant specimen data obtained from Australian herbaria collections including the Queensland Herbarium.
  • VegCover- spatial landscape monitoring tools.  use this online tool to generate comprehensive ground cover monitoring reports. measure land cover change or estimate soil erosion rates, view satellite image land cover products and better understand the links between management, climate and cover in grazing land.
  • MyEnvironment (now a web-app) from Australian Government (Department of the Environment) provides a list of environmental assets and heritage sites in your suburb or surrounds. Download for free and use it to search for plants and animals that are protected under the EPBC Act (no other state/territory legislation included), heritage sites, wetlands, national parks and protected plants and animals in any Australian location. Use OzAtlas below for a more comprehensive list of species.  Must be connected to the internet, suitable for all devices.  For more details see About page and if you are considering making a referral under the EPBC Act, you will need to access the Protected Matters Search Tool
  • Protected Matters Search Tool: use to geenerate a report that will help determine whether matters of national environmental significance or other matters protected by the EPBC Act are likely to occur in your area of interest.  Use the MyEnvironment site for a more interactive summary of similar information.
  • ClimateWatch - Download and analyse ClimateWatch sightings through the Atlas of Living Australia. There are just under 40,000 observations from ClimateWatch so far. Watch your favourite wildlife or plants and record changes online via the EarthWatch Institute’s App (free iPhone/Android). Ideal for repeat visits to monitor change over time.
  • Field Guide to Queensland Fauna App from the Queensland Museum. The App holds descriptions of over 560 species encompassing birds, fishes, frogs, lizards, snakes, mammals, turtles, freshwater, marine and terrestrial invertebrates, spiders and insects including butterflies. Available in iTunes and Play stores.
  • The Great Koala Count (South Australia) in conjunction with Atlas of Living Australia.
  • Project Noah - (Networked Organisms and Habitats) is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. The website includes some useful education resources. It’s available from both the App Store (iPhone) and Android download. This is an international database, with limited records for South-West Queensland.
  • OzAtlas - Explore your area and retrieve lists of species recorded within an area, view details of the species (distribution, common / scientific names and images). Note: you'll need to enter your sightings manually through the website front end, as this app only displays info.
  • Access Atlas of Living Australia through their web portal http://www.ALA.org.au/.  You can browse species by location or region, or perform mapping and analysis through the spatial portal.
  • BCCVL.org.au biodiversity and climate impact modelling platform (accepts exports directly from (http://spatial.ALA.org.au/).  Thisplatform includes 4,000+ climate data layers and provides (free) access to high performance computing.  This site specialises in creating your own species distribution modelling from today to 2100.


The Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) have a range of free mobile apps to help growers to undertake activities in the paddock and interact with networks on your iPhone, iPad or Android™ devices. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Winter Cereal Nutrition: The Ute Guide is designed to assist growers to easily identify cereal nutritional disorders. It covers both nutrient deficiencies and toxicities and environmental, chemical and physiological disorders which can give similar symptoms to nutrient disorders
  • Field peas: The Ute Guide app will assist in recognising disease, insect attack and poor nutrition symptoms in field pea crops. Also contains best practice in growing and marketing the crop
  • Insect ID: The Ute Guide is a comprehensive reference guide for insect pests commonly affecting broadacre crops and growers across Australia, and includes the beneficial insects that may help to control them
  • Weed ID: The Ute Guide application is designed to assist growers in the identification of the most common weeds found in paddocks throughout Australia.

Other related applications include:

  • Australian CliMate is a free app that can help farmers with better decisions about their farming operations based on recent weather and likely climate probabilities. Provides a decision support tool for farmers which allows them to interrogate climate records and to ask questions relating to rainfall, temperature, radiation, as well as derived variables such as heat sums, soil water and soil nitrate.
  • SoilMapp for iPad from CSIRO makes soil information accessible from your location.
  • MyCrop from Agriculture WA is an interactive tool that brings crop diagnostics to the paddock.
  • CropMate VarietyChooser is a decision tool for farmers, to help choose varieties of barley, canola, chickpea, oats, triticale and wheat. (Note: direct link to iTunes.)
  • APVMA puts the database of Australian registered agricultural and veterinary chemical products in your hand with this free resource.


  • FutureBeef's Stocktake plus: forget the pen and paper, GPS, camera, and land type sheets – a smartphone and the new free Stocktake Plus app are all graziers need to determine stocking rates and carrying capacity in any paddock. The new app is designed to be a practical, work-anywhere (including outside telephone range), decision support tool.
  • Stocking rate calculator from Meat and Livestock Australia. The stocking rate calculator is designed to determine the number of cattle or sheep you should put into a paddock based on its carrying capacity.You can find out more about pasture utilisation for cattle producers in the online Meat and Livestock Australia ‘More Beef from Pastures pasture utilisation‘ module.  More from MLA available at http://www.mla.com.au/News-and-resources/Tools-and-calculators.
  • SoilMapp find what's beneath your feet with CSIRO's first app, making soil information accessible from your location. (iPad only at this stage). Information such as soil depth, acidity, salinity, soil carbon, soil water holding capacity and other attributes will help land managers, farmers and rural advisors make on-the-spot, decisions about how to more effectively manage their land.


Mapping software

  • esri.com's suite of mapping software including: ArcGIS, ArcGIS.com (arcgis onloine).  QMDC access the not for profit programme, contact esri Australia for more information.  ArcGIS is also available for personal use in Australia to 'conduct non-work related research, or put mapping expertise to use doing volunteer work'.  Esri training also provides useful online training (mix of paid and free).
  • QGIS.org is a free and open source Geographic Information System program.  Create, edit, visualise, analyse and publish geospatial information on Windows, Mac, Linux, BSD (Android coming soon).
  • AgData Phoenix farm management software (mapping module). Easily create your own property maps and add your own farm data such as paddock names, farm assets and landscape features.  Available online or via download.

Online maps

  • New Queensland Globe, an interactive online tool that combines 600 layers of Queensland roads, rail, property, topography, mining and exploration, land valuations, land parcel information, water levels and more. 
  • Land housing and property data for Queensland page includes links to other maps and searches.
  • Geoscience Australia online tools to discover and download data.
  • National Map is a website for map-based access to spatial data from Australian government agencies. It is an initiative of the Department of Communications and the Arts now currently managed by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and the software has been developed by Data61 working closely with the Department of Communications and the Arts, Geoscience Australia and other government agencies. Watch the video
  • Living Atlas of the World.  A 'collection of global geographic information used to support critical decision making'.  Numerous apps access this data, see Education section below for Field Notes - Earth.  Users can contribute (requres ArcGISOnline / esri account) or browse.  QMDC contributes to this system through our QMDC.maps.ArcGIS.com and QMDC.OpenData portal.
  • BaseCamp free software for Garmin GPS units, help to plan gps activities, organize your data and share your adventures with others.
  • AADC Coordinate Calculator & conversion tools. Decimal degrees to degrees,minutes,seconds...DMS to DD... transform (geodetic calculations) geographic (lat, long) to grid (UTM projection)... convert Grid to Geographic ie: UTM (Easting, Northing, Zone)  to lat, long... Magnetic declination (at a given location and date).
Mapping in the field

Open Data Download


  • Field Notes - Earth is a small sampling of the amazing questions that can be answered from the Esri Living Atlas of the World. Three key sections Life | Oceans | People. This app shares the power of geographic information through a common language to describe the landscape of the Earth.  To learn more about Esri content, visit LivingAtlas (see mapping above).  Available in your preferred app store, unfortunately there isn't a Windows / web app version.


  • Freshwater Macro invertebrates app - built to assist students and teachers in classifying and categorising critters which can be found in and around the unique Queensland (Australia) environment and as a result learn more about the characteristics, differences and similarities between them. Only available in iTunes
  • Water Storage iPhone app - The Australian Government's Bureau of Meteorology Water Storage website gives you access to information for more than 250 publicly-owned water storages across Australia. That information is now available in the palm of your hand. Water storage levels and volumes can now be tracked for over 250 sites across the nation, with daily updates available for most of Australia's urban and rural water supply systems.

Weeds and pests

  • PestSmart's FeralScan mobile pest identification apps ready to record your sitings of pest animals and fish.
  • The Weed Society of Queensland's Weeds of Southern Queensland - Identification/Herbicides Recommendations for 132 weeds in southern Queensland (AU$1.99) ( available on iTunes or from the Play store for Android phone, or Android tablet)
  • GRDC Weeds ID: The Ute Guide designed to assist growers in the identification of the most common weeds found in paddocks throughout Australia. Where possible, photos have been provided for each stage of the weed’s lifecycle, from seed and seedling through to mature and flowering plants. Avaiable via iTunes (direct link).