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Getting to know your native neighbours

Almost  40 Central Coast locals now know who is living on their land thanks to an innovative monitoring program by Greater Sydney Local Land Services.

Run in partnership with the Office of Environment and Heritage and National Parks Association the Who’s living on my land campaign saw locals trained in the use of infrared motion detection cameras to put on their properties.

Greater Sydney Land Services officer Maree Whelan said the results were amazing.

“Our cameras captured an incredible array of native species on almost 90 per cent of the properties including bandicoots, wombats, different species of wallabies and a large assortment of native birds,” she said.

“Importantly the cameras also recorded a range of feral species such as wild deer, foxes, cats and rabbits on 80 per cent of the sites.”

Ms Whelan said the program worked to not only help landholders better protect and enhance key habitat for their native neighbours but also gave Greater Sydney biosecurity staff insight into pest animal activity in the area.

“Our biosecurity officer works with landholders to reduce the impact of pest animals through coordinated control campaigns, knowing where these animals are inhabiting is crucial to the success of this work,” she said.

Jilliby resident Lyn Hagstrom was one of the locals to take part in the workshops and said she was keen to find out even more.

“This program has given me greater knowledge on the variety of native species here so we are able to lessen our impact on their habitat and look after them better,” she said.

“Having a better understanding of our native neighbours simply means we can take better care of them and the land that is crucial to their survival.”

For further information on future programs please email maree.whelan@lls.nsw.gov.au or phone the Wyong office on (02) 4355 8200.

The Who’s living on my land campaign was made possible through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.

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