Furry friend shows face
LOCAL landholders in the Sheep Pen Creek Land Management Group area, north of Violet Town, have been delighted by recent sightings of the threatened carnivorous marsupial, the Brush-tailed Phascogale.
While known historically from the general area, locals who have lived in the district for the last 50 years or more had never seen the animal before.
In the last three years, however, there have been multiple records of phascogales in the Earlston and Koonda districts, including an animal caught on camera.
Chair of the Landcare group, Doug Robinson, said it is really encouraging that a threatened animal has actually made a comeback and recolonised part of its former range.
“It is a testament to the longterm revegetation efforts of local landholders, the landcare group and other conserva- tion groups that phascogales have now re-established here, as habitat quality and habitat connections have increased,” Mr Robinson said.
“It is also a testament to the Strathbogie Shire’s diligence in ensuring the protection of important habitat on roadsides.”
Phascogales are a medium- sized predator which need high-quality habitat to survive.
This consists in particular of an abundance of large, hollow-bearing trees and an abundance of fallen wood.
Remove these two elements and phascogales will not survive over time.
We congratulate the shire, therefore, for recognising the significance of many of its roadsides as critical habitat for threatened wildlife.
To see some of the Sheep Pen Creek Land Management Group’s works over the past forty-two years which have helped phascogales return to the landcare group area, join us for a bus tour and AGM on Sunday.
CUTE: The Brush-tailed Phascogale.