Grant from Community Volunteer Action Grant. $20,000
2015 - 2016
To protect by fencing and plant an area of wetland which will create a connecting corridor of remnant patches of bush providing additional habitat areas for threatened species.
Plant indigenous plants and remove weeds to increase habitat.
Install nesting boxes and utilise mynah traps to remove pest birds.
Undertake animal and bird surveys to determine the level of threatened species in selected areas.
At site one approximately 1 km of fencing around a dam on private property will ensure exclusion of cattle from the area. This will allow the natural vegetation to grow and enhance the wetland area. Additional plantings will augment this vegetation. This will connect surrounding remnant bush producing a corridor for birds and animals.
The second site will be a continuation of enhancing a community native garden with additional planting, weed eradication, installation of nesting boxes, trapping and removal of non indigenous birds. This will involve various community groups participating in on ground works and educational programmes associated with the works.
Field monitoring utilising hair traps and motion sensing cameras will be undertaken to record species populations in the Strzelecki Ranges along with a bird monitoring programme and a nocturnal mammal field day and spotlight walk. Information from these surveys will be part of an ongoing species monitoring programme in our area.
Threatened species in the area include Greater Glider (Petauroides voluns), Sticky Wattle (Acacia howittii), Lace Monitor (Varanus varius), Tiger Quoll (Dasyurus maculatas), Southern Bell or Growling Grass Frog (Litoria raniformis), Martins Toadlet (Uperoleia martini), Powerful Owl (Ninox strenua), Southern Toadlet (Psuedophryne semimamorata)
Although there have not been any threatened species recorded to date there have been some interesting pictures captured on the motion sensor cameras. These can be seen from the following links.
Kookaburra eating a yabbie (2 meg movie)
Progress report - read Brad Blake's article in Issue 23 of our newsletter on page 13
The Art show was held in October and a report on this can be found in our Newsletter Issue 24.