The Barren Grounds-Budderoo Quollidor
The spotted-tailed quoll is the Australian mainland’s largest carnivorous marsupial and is listed as a threatened species.
The Saving our Species program is funding the Quollidor project to help protect the quoll’s habitat – in this case the vegetation corridor (the Quollidor) that links South Coast escarpment forests, metropolitan water catchments and the southern Blue Mountains.
With the help of local volunteers and landholders, improved monitoring of quoll populations and fox control the aim is to gradually increase the resilience and size of this population.
Reintroducing locally extinct mammals
The reintroduction of locally extinct mammals is a significant component of the Saving our Species program.
The mammals to be reintroduced are listed as 'presumed extinct' in NSW. While they survive in the wild elsewhere in Australia, almost all are listed nationally as threatened with extinction. Locally extinct species that are proposed to be reintroduced include numbats, burrowing bettongs, western barred bandicoots and the greater bilby.
Nearly 180,000 hectares across three NPWS reserves will be dedicated to the project. Within these areas, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) and the University of NSW (UNSW) will establish and manage large exclusion areas of several thousand hectares where the mammals will be reintroduced after removal of introduced pest animals.
Restoring pollinator habitat
There are several threatened birds and mammals in NSW that play important roles in maintaining critical ecological functions through pollination across the landscape.
These highly mobile birds and bats move over large areas when feeding and disperse pollen hundreds of metres and sometimes several kilometres.
Shortages of nectar and pollen that often occur through winter and early spring place increasing pressure on these threatened pollinators.
There is a need to not only protect what feeding habitat remains, but to replant, regenerate and restore key habitats.
Guidance is now available for restoring feeding habitat for long-distance pollinators including what, how and where to plant.