- Last updated:
- 27 Aug 2017
The Environment Levy is funding the largest fauna monitoring project ever carried out in council’s reserves.
Council will use this data to ensure it manages its reserves in a way that maintains or enhances their ecological value. The results will help with the conservation of native flora and fauna.
- Project timeframe: June 2013 to June 2017
- Proposed duration: Four years
- Project cost: $570,000
Council wants to make sure its environmental reserve management practices are working. To do this, more information is needed about the species living in these reserves.
There are three key project phases:
Phase 1: Baseline fauna surveys
Council will establish baseline fauna information by doing seasonal surveys at ten sites. This will add enough information to previous records to establish what animals are living in the Coast's reserves.
Phase 1 involves surveys at these ten reserve sites:
- Ben Bennett Bushland Park
- Upper Mooloolah Nature Refuge
- Mooloolah River Nature Refuge
- Bells Creek Riparian Reserve
- Doonan Wetland Nature Refuge
- Bobbie Sattler Nature Refuge
- Coochin Creek Esplanade
- Glasshouse Mountains Environmental Reserve
- Doonan Creek Bushland Reserve
- Buderim Forest Park Nature Refuge
View more information: Fauna Monitoring in council's environmental reserves
Phase 2: Species monitoring
Council will use the data to choose certain species to monitor. Monitoring population changes will help inform management practices and council policies. Species will be selected on the following criteria:
- Rare and threatened species – which includes South East Queensland Catchment’s Back on Track priority species program
- Iconic species
- Indicator species – these are sensitive to threats and management practices, for example, gliders dependent on tree hollows, fire sensitive or dependent fauna
- Species that help with ecological processes – for example, spreading pollen (pollinators) or eating dead plant matter (detritivores).
Phase 3: Data management
The third stage is to put in place a central data storage system for all fauna records on council owned and managed land. This will ensure records are maintained efficiently and effectively for future use.
- Mayor Mark Jamieson explains the fauna monitoring project
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For more information, contact the Senior Natural Areas Program Officer via council’s customer service centre.