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Monitoring to protect Byron’s native fauna

Koala surveillance imageThanks to an enthusiastic response from landholders adjacent to the Tyagarah Nature Reserve and Belongil Estuary a picture of pest animal and local native fauna presence has emerged.

With funding through the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme, North Coast Local Land Services, Byron Shire Council and NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service have been working with landowners monitoring the movement of wildlife including pest animals over the past three weeks.

Kel Langfield, Senior Land Services Officer said, “We recently captured native animals and foxes, feral dogs and cats on cameras placed on private property near the Tyagarah Nature Reserve which has painted a clear picture of how these pest animals are utilising local bush corridors.

Wild dog surveillance image“Using camera imagery to tell the story of where pest species are present in our bush assists landowners to target management or control efforts such as trapping or locating and destroying dens that will be utilised next spring to raise pups.

“It is the spring pups that are the next threat on the native fauna such as the koala, Long Nosed Potaroo and nesting shorebirds such as the Pied Oystercatcher,” Kel said.

Local landowner Melanie Manton said, “We have planted thousands of trees on our property to support the expansion of wildlife corridors to attract the koala, but it is obvious from the results of the camera monitoring that this also entices pest animals to utilise these corridors so we now must manage their impact.”

Generational Byron Bay farmer George Flick said, “I used to see a lot of wallabies down in my bottom paddock but don’t anymore and I am now regularly hearing of foxes and wild dogs being sighted.

“The camera monitoring confirms my suspicion and I’d encourage all landholders to be proactive with their neighbours to manage the impacts of wild dogs and foxes.”

North Coast Local Land Services Biosecurity Officers can provide information about a range of options available to control pest animals and landholders who would like to know more about this project should contact Kel Langfield, North Coast Local Land Services on 6623 3924.

Media contact:

Kel Langfield, Senior Land Services Officer, Phone 6623 3924

Photo captions:

Surveillance cameras capture images of native wildlife including koalas and also pest animals such as wild dogs.