Trust For Nature

Protecting the New Holland Mouse

Threatened species focus: New Holland Mouse (Pseudomys novahollandiae)
Species conservation status: Victoria: threatened (FFG) / National: threatened (EPBC) / International: vulnerable (IUCN)
East Gippsland regionRegion: East Gippsland
Project date: December 2015 – June 2016
Leading organisation: Trust for Nature
Partner organisations: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Wildlife Unlimited, covenantors

New Holland Mouse. Photo: Robyn Edwards / Trust for Nature
New Holland Mouse. Photo: Robyn Edwards / Trust for Nature

This project aims to ensure the survival of the nationally threatened New Holland Mouse by improving habitat management and securing new populations, primarily in the Gippsland Plains’ Providence Ponds Reserve and nearby private land; now one of only three known extant populations in Victoria.

Very little is known of the occurrence of this species on private land. One of our priorities is to survey for new populations on four covenanted properties with potential habitat adjacent to the Reserve.

A lack of knowledge in the management of the species’ habitat has been identified as a major threat, particularly in response to fire. We will establish ongoing monitoring of the Providence Ponds population post fire, and develop a vegetation monitoring methodology, to determine the vegetation requirements of the New Holland Mouse and identify the vegetation triggers for ecological burning.

Predation by feral animals is also a critical threat, especially after fire. Cat and fox populations will be assessed with motion sensing camera surveys, forming the basis for a strategic control program for the coming years.

For more information on this project, contact:
Robyn Edwards, Gippsland Area Manager
(03) 5153-0457 / 0418 561 646 / robyne@tfn.org.au

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