'Quollity' project helping Illawarra's quolls

Last week landholders neighbouring Barren Grounds and Budderroo National Parks coordinated fox control efforts as part of the Illawarra's 'Quollidor' conservation program.

Spotted-tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus)

Simon Tedder from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) said it’s the first time these landholders have come together with the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) on this project to coordinate fox control across the landscape, giving local spotted-tail quolls a fighting chance.

“Foxes are a key threat to the survival of the spotted tail quoll as they compete for food and have been known to prey on young quolls following the breeding season,” Mr Tedder said.

“We have been really overwhelmed with the enthusiasm of landholders at Brogers Creek, Upper Kangaroo River, Carrington Falls and Knights Hill.

“Many of the landholders are aware of the threats posed by foxes and South East Local Land Services have been providing training and biosecurity advice in response to this,” Mr Tedder said.

Pest management is one of the ways the ‘Quollidor’ project is improving habitat for this vulnerable species in and around the Barren Grounds and Budderroo National Parks.

As the name alludes to, the Saving our Species-funded Quollidor project also aims to increase understanding of quoll populations throughout the native vegetation corridors across the region.

“Quolls can have relatively large home ranges, roaming across 3,000 hectares so our goal is to improve the condition of the native vegetation corridors that connects this population with reserves on the South Coast and southern Blue Mountains,” said Mr Tedder.

“The added bonus of enhancing these Quollidors using coordinated pest management is that other species in the region will benefit.

“Pest control will also reduce threats to the long-nosed potoroo, eastern bristlebird and eastern ground parrot found in the national parks as well as the long-footed myotis, greater glider and feathertail glider recently spotted as part of a Bioblitz survey on private properties.

“Early monitoring indicates there is up to 12 individual spotted tail quolls in the project area, including several newly weaned young.

“Hopefully we’ll see the population increase over time and make the most of the enhanced Quollidor habitat with reduced competition for food and new territories established,” Mr Tedder said.

For more information about this Saving our Species project, including details on how landholders can get involved visit the Barren Grounds-Budderoo Quollidor project

Photos for media: Quollidors help Illawarra's spotted tailed quolls 

Contact: Sarah Scroope