IMPORTANT FAUNA

Target IMPORTANT FAUNA

Comprehensive fauna survey’s have been carried out of both IPAs Kennedy (2010 and 2012).

116 native species were recorded on the Wattleridge IPA, including 79 species of birds, 15 species of reptiles, 11 species of amphibians and 11 species of mammals. Eight of these species are listed as threatened at a state level, two nationally and one globally .Eight species (five birds, two mammals and one frog) were found that are listed under State legislation, of which two are listed as nationally threatened and one, the New England Tree Frog, globally threatened (Kennedy 2012).

92 native species were recorded, including 68 species of birds, seven species of mammals, five species of amphibians and 12 species of reptiles. Seven of these species are listed as threatened at a state level, two nationally and one globally. Two introduced species were also found.

The eucalypt open forests, dominated by stringybarks and peppermints, are in good ecological condition with large numbers of old trees, a complex, diverse understorey, high densities of ground orchids and high volumes of fallen timber, providing habitat for several threatened species. The riparian habitats are used by a number of specialist species, including one of Australia’s rarest freshwater turtles. Seven species (five birds, two reptiles) were found that are listed under State legislation (See Appendix 1), of which two are listed as nationally threatened and one, the Bell’s Turtle, globally threatened.

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