The spotted-tailed quoll is the Australian mainland’s largest carnivorous marsupial and is listed as a threatened species.
Spotted-tailed quolls compete for food and are killed by introduced predators such as foxes. They are also threatened by habitat loss and damage.
The ‘Quollidor’ is the name given to the connected vegetation corridor that links the quoll’s habitat from the South Coast escarpment forests, to the Metropolitan Special Area water catchments across to the southern Blue Mountains.
Infra-red camera surveys have revealed that quolls are still present in the Barren Grounds Nature Reserve and Budderoo National Park. Because quolls have huge home ranges, from 300 to 3000 hectares, we know they will be moving from these reserves onto the private land surrounding the Quollidor.
The Quollidor Project has been established under the NSW Saving our Species program to improve the monitoring of quolls in the Barren Grounds-Budderoo region.
To help quolls survive in this region we need to:
- understand more about their population health and breeding behaviour
- care for the vegetation corridor (Quollidor) that links their habitat
- increase and manage areas of habitat in and around the reserves
- control foxes in a way that doesn’t harm the quolls.
How land managers can help
If your property is near the Barren Grounds – Budderoo reserves:
- Help us with our camera-monitoring program. Our remote cameras photograph the species that interact with our quoll monitoring stations. We will upload the images to the Quollidor expedition on the Digivol website each month, and you can help by conducting the initial species identifications! Sign up to the Quollidor expedition to track the reserve’s quoll population first hand!
- Participate in a free BioBlitz flora and fauna survey run by OEH and discover what special animal and plant species live right in your backyard.
- Commit to twice-yearly fox control on your property. You’ll get up-to-date information and support from South East Local Land Services and other fox-control experts, plus free 1080 Vertebrate Pesticide and Canid Pest Ejector Training and free fox baits for your property twice a year.
- Preserve key habitat for the quoll’s preferred prey: possums, gliders, bandicoots and potoroos.