GROUND-BREAKING RESEARCH WILL HELP THE DELIVERY OF IMPORTANT ENVIRONMENTAL WORKS

Mar 8, 2022Biodiversity

Ground-breaking research discovered through our Small Mammal Conservation project is helping Coastal Management Grant recipient Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority to deliver important environmental works at Painkalac Estuary and Urquharts Bluff. 

Barbara Wilson and Mark Garkaklis (Barbara Wilson Pty Ltd), leading the Small Mammal Conservation Project under the Wild Otways Initiative, were invited to discuss their findings related to the refuge habitat for endangered small mammals throughout the coastal dunes system between Eastern View and Anglesea. 

Caption: GORCAPA Team, Mark Garkaklis, Dr. Barbara Wilson with Corangamite CMA Project Officer Anthony Bryne at Painkalac creek site.

Threatened species such as Southern Brown Bandicoot, White-footed Dunnart and Swamp Antechinus have been consistently recorded throughout these coastal dunes in recent years, while inland populations have continued to decline, based on survey data over many decades that has been collated and analysed as part of the Wild Otways Initiative – Small Mammal Conservation Program.

Caption: Swamp Antechnius Credit: Barbara Wilson

This project is supported by The Corangamite CMA through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund.

This project is running until 2023.