Handbooks and Posters


Santos has produced a number of specialised environmental field handbooks for use by staff and contractors in the Cooper Basin in arid Australia. These handbooks are a source of reference for staff and contractors to minimise environmental impacts during numerous field activities.

Santos has hard copies of the Field Guide to Trees and Shrubs of Eastern Queensland Oil and Gas Fields. To order one, contact us. Please note that all other handbooks are out of print. You are, of course, welcome to download and print the documents below.

The Arid Zone cover image 
Common plants of the Cooper Basin cover image
Trees and Shrubs of Eastern QLD Oil and Gas fields 


Santos has produced a number of environmental education posters to assist its staff and contractors in identifying particular mammals, reptiles, snakes and frogs in the field. Posters have also been produced on protecting Aboriginal aites and preparing seismic lines in the Cooper Basin.


Snakes of the Cooper Basin poster 
A Guide to the Snakes of the Cooper Basin 
Snakes and lizards make a large contribution to the biodiversity in the Cooper Basin, with over 100 reptile species inhabiting the region.

Small mammals of the Cooper Basin 
A Guide to the Small Mammals of the Cooper Basin 
The Cooper Basin supports a surprising diversity of small mammals, with approximately 40 species inhabiting the region, including several species of bats and the echidna. The small mammals of the region are nocturnal, resting in cool, moist burrows to minimise water loss during the heat of the day.

Lizards of the Cooper Basin cover image 
A Guide to the Lizards of the Cooper Basin 
Lizards and snakes make a major contribution to the animal biodiversity in the Cooper Basin. Lizards, in particular, are diverse and generally abundant and provide a major food source for hawks and eagles and other reptiles. Lizards are generally distinguished from snakes by the presence of limbs, but there are several species of legless lizard in the Cooper Basin region. 

Bird Groups of the Cooper Basin 
A Guide to the Bird Groups of the Cooper Basin 
The Cooper Basin region supports at least 180 bird species (nearly a quarter of Australia's total) with 24 classified as rare. About half of the birds in the Cooper Basin are nomadic and travel throughout the region following flourishes of plant growth and insect activity resulting from the patchy localised rainfall patterns of the area.

Frogs of the Cooper Basin cover image 
A Guide to the Frogs of the Cooper Basin 
Eleven species of frog occur in the Cooper Basin region, which makes it the richest frog community known in central Australia. The frog species of the Cooper Basin have become masterfully adapted to the harsh environment of central Australia. They employ a variety of techniques to endure long periods of drought including burrowing and the ability of some species to store large volumes of water within their bodies.

Seismic lines in the Cooper Basin 
Seismic Lines in the Cooper Basin 
Santos has strict environmental guidelines for the preparation of seismic lines in the Cooper Basin. They include avoiding or minimising vegetation clearance, creating windrows, cutting of sand dunes and creek and salt lake disturbance. Sites of Aboriginal and European heritage significance are also avoided and access by the public is discouraged.