Trust For Nature

Private Land Action for Threatened Species: Hooded Robins and Squirrel Gliders

Threatened species focus: Hooded Robin (Melanodryas cucullata) and Squirrel Glider (Petaurus norfolcensis)
North East regionRegion: North East
Project date: January – June 2016
Leading organisation: Trust for Nature
Partner organisations: Indigo Shire, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Parks Victoria, North East Catchment Management Authority

Hooded Robin. Photo: Chris Tzaros
Hooded Robin. Photo: Chris Tzaros

Squirrel Gliders. Photo: Will Ford / Trust for Nature
Squirrel Gliders. Photo: Will Ford / Trust for Nature

Trust for Nature is working with private landholders around the Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park in the North East of the state to increase the connectivity of protected habitat for Hooded Robins and Squirrel Gliders through our Private Land Action for Threatened Species project.

The edges of vegetation in this area are favoured habitat for the threatened Hooded Robin; we will be seeking sighting feedback from landholders to gain a better understanding of their movements, population health and conservation requirements. Also prime habitat for Squirrel Gliders, we will be helping landholders in the area remove top-line barbed wire fencing and replace it with plain wire; barbed wire is a threat to Gliders, as they can become entangled and unable to free themselves.

Critical to this project is building positive relationships with landholders in the area and assisting them with conservation land management, as both of these species habitat occur primarily on private land. These properties are important buffers surrounding the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, and will guide the future potential for larger, long-term protection initiatives to connect habitat remnants in the area.

For more information on this project, contact:
Will Ford, Acting North East Regional Manager
0418 300 959 / willf@tfn.org.au

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