Southern Myotis (Myotis macropus)

Species Action Statement

This species has been assigned to the Landscape species management stream under the Saving our Species program.

Justification for allocation to this management stream

There are no known breeding locations for this species. Primary threats are generally related to water quality and occur at a landscape scale.

Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed

Management objectives

This action statement aims to ensure that the species is secure in the wild in NSW and that its NSW geographic range is extended or maintained.

Species sightings and management sites across NSW

How will this species be managed?

OEH is currently developing a targeted approach for managing Landscape species species. In the interim, the following management actions have been identified for this species.
  • Ensure the largest hollow bearing trees in riparian zones are given highest priority for retention in PVP assessments or other land clearing assessment tools.
  • Prepare EIA guidelines which address the retention of hollow bearing trees maintaining diversity of age groups, species diversity, structural diversity. Give priority to largest hollow bearing trees.
  • Investigate the effectiveness of logging prescriptions.
  • Undertake long-term monitoring of populations cross tenure in conjunction with other bat species to document changes.
  • Identify, protect and enhance roost habitat beneath artificial structures (eg bridges), especially when due for replacement, and assess effectiveness of the actions.
  • Study the ecology, habitat requirements and susceptibility to logging and other forestry practices of this little-known species.
  • Promote roosting habitat in new artificial structures within the species range.
  • Better regulate pollution of waterways e.g. sewage and fertilizer run-off (eutrophication) and pesticide/herbicide leakage (chemical pollution) and thermal pollution.
  • Encourage recovery of natural hydrological regimes, including retention and rehabilitation of riparian vegetation. .
  • Research to identify important foraging range and key habitat components for this species. Identify the importance of riparian vegetation to the species.
  • Determine susceptibility to logging.
  • Identify the spatial population structure, including genetic isolation, movement and persistence across the species range. .
  • Survey large inland waterways for this species to determine distribution in Murray Darling Basin.
  • Resolve species taxonomy by morphology/genetics and reassess conservation status.
  • Assess the importance by survey of estuaries and other tidal waterways for the species across its range.

Are you or is someone you know doing conservation work for this species or in this area?

Contact us to tell us about the work. Your input will help OEH evaluate the status of threatened species and provide a broader picture of conservation work across NSW.