This project is building upon the previous Caring for our Country ‘Iconic Species’ project and is implementing conservation actions along priority Lower Blackwood Catchments waterways (including Rushy Creek, Chapman Brook, Upper Chapman Brook and McLeod Creek).
The catchment contains unique biodiversity values and is home to the critically endangered Geocrinia alba (white-bellied frog) and vulnerable Geocrinia vitellina (orange-bellied frog), as well as many other threatened fauna species. Conservation activities such as fencing, revegetation and weed control have been carried out on nine private properties in the Lower Blackwood and Scott River Catchments, and activities such as access management, feral pig control to improve Geocrinia habitat as well as translocation of Geocrinia sp to assist in boost their populations.
Since July 2016, on-ground activities have occurred across six private properties and on state managed lands as part of this project. Work on private properties has included fencing, site preparation and revegetation or infill planting to connect important riparian vegetation corridors and to provide vital habitat for wildlife.
Other conservation actions included the translocation of the white-bellied and orange-bellied frog species (Geocrinia alba and Geocrinia vitellina) to six sites in the Lower Blackwood region to boost their populations, with 94 white-bellied and 108 orange-bellied frogs released.
Two new gates with bollards were installed to stop illegal vehicle access to vital Geocrinia habitat and 200 ha of feral pig monitoring and control work were conducted.
“Working with the South West Catchments Council has enabled us to undertake restoration activities along the important Rushy Creek, which flows through our property. We are hoping that the planting undertaken will provide additional habitat for native wildlife to utilise and inhabit our property”
Jeremy Thornett, private landholder
This project will be continuing until May 2018 with infill planting and weed control across four revegetation sites. Ongoing monitoring and protecting of the Geocrinia populations and habitat will be undertaken through further weed control along fire management tracks as well as the installation of a new access management structure.
As part of the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions monitoring program, two new populations of the tiny orange-bellied frog (Geocrinia Vitellina) have been found, which extends their known range by 37%.
- Private landholders
- Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
8.8ha site preparation activities
21.4ha site preparation activities