Trust For Nature

Threatened invertebrates of the Western Strzeleckis: Warragul Burrowing Crayfish

Threatened species focus: Warragul Burrowing Crayfish (Engaeus sternalis)
Species conservation status: Victoria: Listed (FFG) / International: Critically Endangered (IUCN)
West Gippsland and Port Phillip & Westernport regionsRegion: West Gippsland and Port Phillip & Westernport
Project date: February – June 2016
Leading organisation: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Partner organisation: Trust for Nature, Dr Beverley Van Praagh (Invert-Eco)

Warragul Burrowing Crayfish, blue colouration. Photo: Beverley Van Praagh
Warragul Burrowing Crayfish, blue colouration. Photo: Beverley Van Praagh

Warragul Burrowing Crayfish, pale colouration. Photo: Beverley Van Praagh
Warragul Burrowing Crayfish, pale colouration. Photo: Beverley Van Praagh

This project focuses on the development of a website and guidelines, providing information and recommendations to protect the critically endangered Warragul Burrowing Crayfish and its habitat from destructive land-use activities that are known to occur on public and private land.

The Warragul Burrowing Crayfish has a very restricted distribution, with known locations being limited to an area of only 1,200 hectares. Within this area, change in agricultural land use and increased development can result in direct loss of critical habitat and less obvious impacts from changes in drainage patterns and surface water levels.

Trust for Nature is collaborating with our project partners to ensure that the information and recommendations provided on the website and information sheet is accessible and relevant for conservation covenantors and other private landholders.  

The project will contribute to improved management of Warragul Burrowing Crayfish habitat by providing landholders, land managers and developers with detailed information about the species and guidelines to recognise, manage and protect its habitat.

For more information on this project, contact:
John Hick, West Gippsland Regional Manager
0437 589 317 / johnh@tfn.org.au

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