Using landscape scale planning and targeted landholder engagement to improve the range extent and population viability of threatened species in the Wheatbelt.
In the highly fragmented landscape of the Avon River Basin a number of Threatened species are fighting to survive. The idea behind this project is to use landscape scale planning to target landholders in strategic locations to undertake activities that will improve the range and population viability of these species. For example, the western Wheatbelt was a significant breeding ground for the Carnaby’s cockatoo prior to European arrival. By undertaking a desktop survey to identify significant areas of feeding vegetation we can identify where to target landholder engagement to undertake activities that would significantly improve the ability of the Carnaby’s to breed in the Wheatbelt. For this species activities might include:
- building and installing nest boxes
- revegetating with species that can provide both food and, in 150 years, nesting sites
- fencing of significant vegetation and rabbit control to improve natural regeneration and health of feeding sites
- provision of watering points if necessary
- Fox and cat control to prevent prey-switching of these species with the removal of rabbits