The collaborative efforts of specialists, naturalists and participants can establish an important biodiversity list while promoting environmental stewardship and engagement in nature.
Our hope is that BioBlitzes can be used in the future to help protected area managers track change over time.
Brogers Creek BioBlitz 2016–2017
Spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus) and other threatened species, including the long-nosed potoroo (Potorous tridactylus), eastern bristlebird (Dasyornis brachypterus) and eastern pygmy-possum (Cercartetus nanus) are found in the Barren Grounds and Buderoo reserves. Their presence indicates these reserves are part of a significant threatened species hotspot.
Nestled between Barren Grounds and Budderoo reserves is Brogers Creek, an area managed by many different landholders. To ensure the survival of threatened species and other native wildlife in Brogers Creek and the adjacent reserves, it is vital that all landholders and the local community take action to preserve and manage the valuable habitat.
As part of the Saving our Species Quollidor project, a BioBlitz was held to survey the Brogers Creek area.
Between December 2016 and January 2017, the Brogers Creek BioBlitz conducted surveys across 15 participating freehold properties. Local landholders volunteered alongside OEH ecologists to set ground dwelling marsupial traps, spotlight for arboreal mammals and birds, conduct diurnal reptile and bird surveys, record microbat echolocation calls, and undertake nocturnal streamside searches for frogs. Remote infrared cameras were also set for a 6 week period to detect spotted-tailed quolls.
The fauna surveys resulted in the detection of 24 (five exotic) species of mammal, 56 species of bird, 10 species of reptile, eight species of frog and three species of fish. Two of those species, the large-footed myotis and the eastern bent-wing bat are listed under the TSC Act, while the greater glider is listed under the EPBC Act. Flora surveys identified six plant community types, with 135 component plant species. No threatened plants were found.
Unfortunately no spotted-tailed quolls were detected, but the BioBlitz provided a valuable opportunity for local landholders to learn more about the species on their land and how to manage feral pests to help local quolls and other native wildlife.
Many participating landholders have now been trained in fox control methods with support from the South East Local Land Services. They are involved in a coordinated fox control campaign to enhance and buffer quoll habitat around the Barren Grounds and Budderoo reserves.
For more information about spotted-tailed quoll monitoring and to read the BioBlitz report, see the Saving our Species Quollidor project page.