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Get to know your neighbours

Rural property owners on the Central Coast are invited to discover just who is living on their land as part of a free Greater Sydney Local Land Services workshop.

Run in partnership with National Parks Association, the event will help land managers investigate what native and pest animal species are sharing their property through the use of high-tech infrared cameras.

Senior Land Services Officer Maree Whelan said the use of remote cameras had become a powerful tool in monitoring the movement and behaviour of animal species.

“These cameras allow us to be more strategic when it comes to pest animal management particularly with foxes, wild dogs and feral pigs,” she said. “This workshop will give more land managers the information and skills needed to use the cameras independently.”

Participants will have the opportunity to borrow a camera which will then be analysed by Greater Sydney Local Land Services experts.

Further topics covered include:

  • introduction to ‘Who’s living on my land?’ project
  • benefits of using infrared cameras for wildlife (both native and feral) surveys on private land
  • how to set up your own camera for a wildlife survey: Dos and Don’ts
  • how to make and use non-toxic lures to attract wildlife to your camera stations
  • private landholder citizen science and how to manage the data from the camera surveys: Atlas of Living Australia and FeralScan
  • Ash Johnson, Local Land Services Biosecurity Officer - the role of cameras in the control of feral animals, snapshot of successful control measures using cameras
  • pygmy possum case study / Lesley Stevens from Rocky Point Bush Care

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Media contact: Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138 M: 0448 953 755