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Biodiversity research

A researcher’s paradise

Lord Howe Island is a researcher’s paradise, and the Lord Howe Island Board encourages research on the Island.

Gaining approval for your research

All research on Lord Howe Island requires the approval of the Lord Howe Island Board. To gain approval to conduct research on the Island, researchers must submit a Research Application Form. This form is part of the Lord Howe Island Board Scientific Research Policy.

Research applications are assessed against relevant environmental policies, plans and legislation, including the Lord Howe Island Biodiversity Management Plan.

Scientific license requirement

All native mammals, birds, reptiles, and many species of native plants are protected on Lord Howe Island under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. A Scientific Licence is required from the Wildlife Licensing Department of the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage if you intend to conduct research into protected fauna and flora on Lord Howe Island.

Book the research facility

The Lord Howe Island Board has a purpose-built research facility with a laboratory and accommodation facilities that lodge up to six people. The research facility can be booked for approved research activities. Approval for use of the facility can be obtained via the Research Application Form.

Refer to the current fees and charges schedule for laboratory and accommodation fees.