This project aims to determine the critical factors that support remaining refuge habitat for small mammals in the western Otway Ranges and establish required management prescriptions and guidelines to support small mammal recovery in other areas, including the eastern Otway Ranges.
The project will deliver research across the Otways to protect threatened mammals, their habitat and refuges. Historical and current data will be employed to determine the status of species; their distribution and relationship to habitat and refuges; and factors that support refuges.
Assessment of the resilience of mammal diversity and richness in Carlisle Heathland will improve understanding of threatened species declines elsewhere, thus providing effective ways to assist species recovery. Project outcomes will be incorporated into pragmatic management, monitoring, and recovery plans.
Working with land managers, control chart reporting will be developed to create clear and timely evidence for threatened species management. This project will support research on the diet and impacts of feral cats and improve understanding of the sensitivity of threatened mammals to cat predation.
Conserving threatened small mammals in the Otway Ranges, Bells Beach (Ironbark Basin) and Great Ocean Road Hinterland
Deer & Pig Eradication
Fox & Cat Management
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Australian Government’s Wild Otways Initiative?
The Australian Government’s Wild Otway initiative is a three-year $6m commitment towards threatened species management and pest animal control in the greater Otway’s region. The Initiative includes the delivery of a broad and inclusive environmental community grants program and five commissioned sub-projects, which include pig and deer eradication, fox and cat management, Phytophthora (a plant pathogen) management, small mammal conservation and rewilding in the Otways.
How do I find out more?
Where is the Initiative being delivered?
The project area for the initiative covers the area from Jan Juc/Bells Beach to Peterborough, and the Great Otway National Park and hinterlands (Otways Region) in South West Victoria.
How long does the Initiative go for?
The initiative will be delivered in the Greater Otways region of Victoria over the next three years to June 2023.
This project is support by the Corangamite CMA, through funding from the Australian Government’s Environment Restoration Fund. This project will run until 2023.