The star of the Canyonleigh ‘Who’s living on my land? survey was a Koala strolling by the camera in a rocky woodland!
Koalas have a long history in the Southern Highlands. The name Koala is derived from the local Aboriginal word for them – ‘Colo’ – and the first European sighting of a Koala was from the Bargo region in 1798. Since then, their population has been affected by land clearing for urban and agricultural development, bushfires and chlamydia.
The Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project has been researching local Koalas since 2013 in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, Wingecarribee Shire Council, The University of Sydney and The Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife. The project monitors the Southern Highlands Koala population, how they move through the landscape and where their high quality habitat is. Their research will help authorities inform land management decisions to ensure Koalas populations are protected. To stay up to date, or to report a Koala sighting – like their Facebook page!
Nine properties participated in the Canyonleigh ‘Who’s living on my land?’ wildlife survey. We identified 24 species from 10,739 photographs, including 8 native mammal species, 10 native bird species and 6 introduced species. You can read all the nitty gritty detail in our Canyonleigh ‘Who’s living on my land?’ report.