Fauna Monitoring

The Moorabool Landcare Network recently completed a DELWP funded project investigating threatened fauna in the Moorabool Shire. The network has been promoting the cause of threatened species of the Moorabool Shire and the role of Landcare, community groups and individuals in helping to protect them and their habitat. You may have seen us at last year’s Ballan Autumn Festival and the Ecolinc Sustainability Expo.

Running from April to November 2017, 6 motion sensitive infrared cameras were deployed across 12 private properties and public reserves. Almost half of the cameras were set up using a custom tree mount the rest at ground level. We identified 18 species; Agile Antechinus, Black Rat, Common Brushtail Possum, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Echidna, Red Fox, Grey Shrike Thrush, House Mouse, Koala, Feral Pig, Rabbit, Red Wattlebird, Ringtail Possum, Sugar Glider, Superb Fairy Wren, Swamp Wallaby, White-throated Treecreeper and Wombat.

Tree mounted cameras detected 9 species, with the Agile Antechinus, Koala, Sugar Gliders and 3 bird species only being detected with this mounting style. Ground level cameras detected 12 species (1 bird). On private property 16 species (4 introduced) were detected and 12 (1 introduced) on reserves, so the number of native species on each property type was similar, showing that private properties can play an extremely valuable role as habitat for native species if appropriately managed.

Now that the funded project has ended, the Landcare Network is seeking expressions of interest from landholders in the shire who are interested to know what fauna lives on their property. Landholders will need to assist with the deploying of the cameras, which will be put out for 3 weeks at a time. Please contact facilitator@mln.org.au if you are interested.

The Moorabool Landcare Network acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government in funding this project.



Along the way we've found -

MLN Fauna Monitoring with camera traps Published.pdf

Native fauna:

  • Agile Antechinus
  • Brushtailed Phascogale
  • Common brushtail bossum
  • Eastern grey kangaroo
  • Eastern pygmy possum
  • Echidnas
  • Feather-tailed gliders
  • Ringtail possum
  • Sugar Gliders, lots of sugar gliders.
  • Swamp wallabys
  • Koala
  • Wombat

Birds:

  • Grey shrike thrush
  • Kookaburras
  • Magpies
  • Red wattle birds
  • Superb fairy wren
  • White throated tree creepers


Pests:

  • black rat
  • cows
  • deer
  • goats
  • foxes
  • house mouse
  • pigs
  • rabbits
  • humans

Sugar gliders

Eastern Pygmy Possum

Brush-tailed Phascogale

Eastern Grey Kangaroos

Feather-tailed glider

Agile Antechinus

Ring-tailed possum

Brush-tailed possum

Echidna

Wombat

Wombat with baby feet sticking out