Who’s Living on my Land?

RHS-image Whos-living-on-my-landAn innovative citizen science survey ‘Who’s Living on my Land’ is engaging landholders in parts of the GER corridor to use infrared motion-detection cameras to survey the wildlife sharing their land, both native and invasive. Run by the National Parks Association through a GER Partner Grant with funding from the NSW Government, the aim of the project is to assist landholders to better understand their land and to initiate coordinated pest control measures. The initial pilot project was developed in collaboration with a Local Project Officer from the National Parks and Wildlife Service around Barren Ground Nature Reserve and the Kangaroo Valley in southern NSW.

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Counting koalas for conservation

GKCIn November, the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA), in partnership with GER, ran a highly successful, wide-scale citizen science project, the ‘Great Koala Count’.

Over 850 people took part in the eleven-day survey, including farmers, landholders, conservation organisations and members of the public, who went searching for koalas in their local area. Over 1,200 records were collected from across NSW and parts of south-east Queensland, 950 of which were koala sightings, with the remainder being valuable absence data.

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A social ecological approach to capacity building in the GER

JalligirrThe Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance operates in an area of exceptional ecological diversity and connectivity importance, comprising Bellingen Shire and Coffs Harbour Shires.

It is a place where the Great Eastern Ranges meet the coast, resulting in a range of different habitats, and is the meeting place of southern and northern ecologies. It is also an area high in conservation expertise and commitment with 19 organisations joining to form the Alliance in 2011, and soon after becoming part of GER.

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Working with local communities to restore cultural connections

Mt-panoramaWahluu Gamarra, which means ‘Awakening the Mount’, is an area of 141 acres of woody grassland at Mount Panorama, in Bathurst, a significant site with connections directly through story lines to the Great Eastern Ranges.

Formally known as the Sir Joseph Banks Nature Reserve, this site is the focal point for an exciting GER project between Greening Australia and the Bathurst Local Aboriginal Land Council (LALC).

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Holbrook Landcare building ‘Bushlinks’ in the GER

Holbrook-landcareThe Slopes to Summit (S2S) Bushlinks Project commenced in August 2012, with funding from the Australian Government’s Biodiversity Fund. It is now in the first stage of implementing on-ground works to build landscape-scale connectivity across private lands in the southwest Slopes of NSW, extending from the wet and dry forest ecosystems of the upper catchment and reserves to the threatened Grassy Box Woodlands of the lower slopes and plains.

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