This threatened species project saw Trust for Nature working with private landholders surrounding the Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park.
The project focussed on increasing connectivity of remnant habitat favoured by the Hooded Robin and the removal of barbed wire, a significant hazard for Squirrel Gliders. It was also an opportunity to build positive relationships with landholders to promote ongoing management of suitable habitat on private land for threatened species.
Overall, the project led to an improvement in habitat for the Squirrel Glider and Hooded Robin through hazard removal and reintroduction of favoured plant species.
“Twenty landowners were supported to improve habitat across an area of 1,400 hectares, with a significant contribution from volunteers.”
More than 20 kilometres of barbed wire was removed and replaced with plain wire on 12 properties. Eighty Squirrel Glider nest boxes were installed on 10 properties in partnership with Indigo Shire Council. Members of the community were engaged as volunteers during the project, contributing 1,064 hours of time. They were also invited to a field day held in Chiltern, focussed on learning about threatened species. This was attended by over 60 people.