Bringing the bush back to life
On National Threatened Species Day, it is important for us to remember the horrendous fires experienced across the country earlier in the year.
While many of the fires across Australia had a devastating effect on local communities, stretching their resilience, ecological communities were equally affected, due to the impacts of varying fire intensity in their natural environment.
In the Southern Tablelands region of NSW, these areas support a range of habitats for threatened large arboreal gliders, such as Greater Gliders (listed as vulnerable under the Commonwealth legislation) and the Yellow-bellied Glider and forest owls such as the Powerful Owl, Barking Owl, Sooty Owl, and Masked Owl (all species listed vulnerable under the NSW legislation).
Since the fires, members of our ecology team in the ACT have been undertaking ‘post fire threatened species surveys’, to assess the status of a range of sites and to inform key management decisions relating to the provision of additional hollows and the recovery of these critically threatened species. Over the past few nights, our team has detected a huge number of Greater Gliders (x 32) and a Sooty Owl (a new record for the location).
In such cases, it’s great to be able to make a difference and assist in ‘bringing the bush back to life’ – protecting that which is most vulnerable.