Threatened mainland fauna

[caption id="attachment_30709" align="alignright" width="300"] Bush-stone Curlew near Stawell. Photo courtesy of Jake Goodes, Parks Victoria[/caption] Last week a couple of things happened that got me thinking again about our forgotten mainland fauna - so let's pick up where we left off last time in Part 8,...

It's taken a little while to pull everything together, but the huge job of collecting digging abundance data in the field for the Southern Brown Bandicoot (completed by 2016 NGT graduate intern Andrea Fullagar) - has led to a major review of the species in the South...

The demise of many of the medium sized ('critical weight range') small mammals across south-eastern Australia that followed the concurrent suppression or eradication of dingoes and the arrival of foxes - combined of course with the clearance, development and intensive grazing of land - was for the most part swift and...

We've now reached a point in this series where the stories told so far intertwine. The undeniable reality is that, without realising it, the early settlers had paved the way for the establishment and explosion of the fox population – by deliberately persecuting, suppressing and, successfully eradicating from many districts, the only...

Not long after 1893, when the stories shared in Part 1 of this series were recorded, the fox became seriously entrenched in the region and the environment started to undergo a significant transformation. But first, what can the records tell us about this period, and how that transformation...