Restoring Lockyer's wildlife habitat post-fires

Restoring Lockyer's wildlife habitat post-fires

 

Weed control to assist wildlife recovery on bush-fire affected and unburnt properties.

 

scientists on the field assessing unburnt siteProviding support to landholders and community and delivering habitat restoration on bushfire-affected and unburnt properties.Healthy Land & Water’s Weed Control for Lockyer Wildlife Habitat is designed to assist wildlife recovery from the impacts of the 2019-20 fires in the Lockyer.

The project will deliver habitat restoration on bushfire-affected and unburnt properties in southern Lockyer and engage the local community in citizen science with activities delivered by Wildlife Queensland through the Queensland Glider Network and PlatypusWatch.

 

The project focuses on:

  • Assisting wildlife recovery from the impacts of the 2019-20 fires in the Lockyer, through restoring habitats on burnt and unburnt properties.
  • Providing support to identified private landholders (bushfire recovery and refugia) in the Lockyer area. 
  • Delivery of community workshops on gliders and platypus convened to raise awareness of specific wildlife needs.

 

What we did

playtpusEngaging the Lockyer local community in citizen science to raise awareness of specific wildlife needs.

To achieve effective interventions, this project involved:

  • Delivering habitat restoration on bushfire-affected and unburnt properties in southern Lockyer.
  • Supporting the community through workshops and activities to raise awareness of wildlife needs and bushfire recovery.

 

Measuring success

As a result of this project, the following has been achieved:

  • Weed mapping and control.
  • Support was provided to 6 private landholders (bushfire recovery and refugia).
  • The project comprised two locations and four properties in the hern Lockyer.
  • Engagement of the local community in citizen science through activities delivered by Wildlife Queensland through the Queensland Glider Network and PlatypusWatch.
  • Collaboration with Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc.
  • Workshops on gliders and platypus were delivered to the community to raise awareness of specific wildlife needs.

 

Why this project is important

After extreme weather events such as wildfires, on one hand, the native vegetation is destroyed, and on the other hand weeds that can increase fire risk or degrade habitat conditions germinate.

Wildlife that survived the catastrophe finds themselves having to feed on whatever is left if anything is.

The selected Lockyer areas affected by bushfires, provide habitat for several listed plant and animal species such as Black-breasted Button-quail, Koala, and Glossy Black-Cockatoo.

Without intervention, weed growth in the area would overwhelm and inhibit the re-sprouting and germinating native plants with the consequential endangerment of several wildlife species.

 

Project snapshot

Project name:  Weed Control for Lockyer Wildlife Habitat
Project manager:  Suzi Moore, Healthy Land & Water
Catchment:  South Lockyer
Timing: 2022
Budget: $70,000
Partnerships: 

This project is supported through funding from a partnership between the Great Eastern Ranges and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Australia) as part of a broader bushfire recovery effort.

Other collaborators for this project are Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc.

 

Project collaborators

This project is supported through funding from a partnership between the Great Eastern Ranges and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (Australia) as part of a broader bushfire recovery effort.

Other collaborators for this project are Lockyer Valley Regional Council and Lockyer Uplands Catchments Inc.

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