Threatened mainland fauna

20 Aug 2017 Southern Brown Bandicoot digging abundance report now complete and available to download

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...

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14 Sep 2016 Mainland Forgotten Fauna: Part 6 – The demise of our forgotten fauna… and what do the Fox and Cane Toad have in common?

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...

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06 Aug 2016 Mainland Forgotten Fauna: Part 4 – Remembering the last Dingo at Mt Richmond… and, why did the fox run rampant?

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...

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23 Jul 2016 Mainland Forgotten Fauna: Part 3 – The event that changes everything – foxes establish in the region

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...

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28 Jun 2016 Mainland Forgotten Fauna: Part 1 – It’s 1893 and time to go hunting at Strathdownie

A few recent events and discussions have got me thinking about how little today we think about what our ground-dwelling mammalian forest fauna was really like across south-eastern Australia; both before the arrival of Europeans (including, long before that, dingoes arriving in Australia), and then after...

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