Blue Mountains Fauna Project
Pull out your binoculars and spotlights and put on your detective hat as Blue Mountains City Council and the Bushcare Network launch the Fauna Project with funding from Local Land Services.
The aim of the Blue Mountains Fauna Project is to better understand what fauna species are found in our bushland reserves and our towns and villages.
Mayor, Cr Mark Greenhill, said: “Council manages over 6,500 hectares of bushland reserves around our towns and villages and the reserves could be home to over 300 species of vertebrate fauna - animals with backbones."
The Blue Mountains Fauna Project invites members of the community to share their knowledge of local fauna. These sighting can be historic or recent. Importantly all recorded sightings add to what we know about what animals live where, which animals have disappeared and which animals are moving into the area.
Community knowledge is critical because databases such as the NSW BioNet Atlas, that collects information on fauna, are often collecting records from consultants or scientists studying a specific species. A good example is the threatened Blue Mountains Water Skink that has more records than the Lace Monitor, Red-bellied Black Snake, Eastern Blue-tongue, and Highland Copperhead combined simply because scientists are interested in this very rare species and the habitat it lives in.
“We are inviting residents to get involved and record all those times we hear someone say they have seen a “bluey” in the park or a Tiger Snake on the road or a Superb Lyrebird in the local reserve we can get a much clearer, and more balanced, picture of what lives where. This will ultimately allow for better management of fauna in our local bushland reserves," Cr Greenhill said.
When the project is finished the report and species maps will be available via Council’s website and will be a great resource for local residents and visitors as well as Council staff.
To kickstart the collection of new records Council’s Blue Mountains Bushcare Network is running a series of field trips during Autumn and Spring in seven local bushland reserves. Interested people are invited to be involved in fauna surveys, spotlights tours and walk and talks. Details can be found at www.bushcarebluemountains.org.au/events/
If you would like to submit a record or to find out more, go to Council’s Have Your Say website.