Aerial deer survey | Brisbane City Council

Aerial deer survey

Brisbane City Council is working to manage deer across natural areas in Brisbane.

This is part of our commitment to making our city liveable and sustainable for future generations while ensuring effective management of invasive species.

Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, deer are listed as an invasive species that must be managed in Queensland due to the impact that they have on the natural environment and the risk that they pose to road users in urban areas.


Wards The Gap and Pullenvale
Project outcomes Further understanding of the population and spread of deer in Brisbane.

About the project

To better understand the population density, distribution and movement of deer in Brisbane, Council will undertake an aerial survey of natural areas in the western suburbs.

The aerial survey will take place over a two-week period in early May 2019. The survey will use a helicopter fitted with remote sensing technologies to help see deer in less accessible areas of the western suburbs.

Have your say

Council is asking residents in the western suburbs to provide their feedback on deer sightings to map the presence of deer in local areas.

You can help Council with this survey. If you see, or have recently seen, deer in your local area, you can contribute your sighting by recording the details on the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) website. Simply register on the website and record a sighting.

Project benefits

The results of the community’s feedback and this aerial survey will be an important tool to help Council:

  • manage deer in Brisbane
  • protect Brisbane’s rich natural areas
  • improve community safety.

Project timing

April 2019 Residents notified
May 2019 Aerial deer survey conducted

Deer in Brisbane

Want to learn more about deer in Brisbane? To find out more visit Feral deer.

More information

For more information about the aerial deer survey project, you can:

  • email Council
  • phone Council on 07 3403 8888
  • write to:
    Biosecurity, Wildlife and Invasive Species Management
    Natural Environment, Water and Sustainability Branch
    Brisbane City Council
    GPO Box 1434
    Brisbane Qld 4001.
15 April 2019