Berrima landholders find out “Who’s living on my land?”

Twenty landholders from Berrima learned how to use infrared cameras to survey their land for wildlife at a workshop in Berrima on the 25th of February 2017. Eight properties, mostly along the Wingecarribee river, participated in the two week ground dwelling mammal survey.

What did we find?

The Berrima landholders took 2,500 images in their wildlife survey and we sorted through all the images and identified twelve species.

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Native Mammals

The Common Wombat (Vombatus ursinus) was the most common species found in the ‘Who’s living on my land?’ survey. The majority of native mammal species were macropods: Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Swamp Wallaby (Wallabia bicolor), Red-necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus) and Common Wallaroo (Macropus robustus).

The Eastern Grey Kangaroo and Swamp Wallaby are relatively common species in the Southern Highlands. The Red-necked Wallaby and Common Wallaroo are less commonly seen and these are the first recorded sightings in the Berrima district.

We found no small native mammals in our survey (e.g. antechinus, bandicoots, possums, echidnas) even though they are relatively common in other ‘Who’s living on my land?’ surveys conducted in the Southern Highlands.

Native Birds

Only three native bird species were detected in this ‘Who’s living on my land?’ survey: Australian Magpie (Cracticus tibicen), Pied Currawong (Strepera graculina) and Magpie-lark (Grallina cyanoleuca); and all three birds were sighted at the same property. The low number of birds species may be due to the camera set  up, which targets ground dwelling mammals.

Introduced Species

Foxes were the most common species found in the Berrima ‘Who’s living on my land?’ survey, found at seven of the eight participating properties. Rabbits and Hares were found at half of the properties and only one property detected the introduced Black Rat.

In good news, we did not find other feral animals common to the Southern Highlands in this survey –  including Deer, Pigs and Cats.

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