Eyre Peninsula wildlife gets a check-up

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A team of ecologists from across the state descended on Eyre Peninsula recently to take part in an annual wildlife survey near Kimba.

With people, equipment and research permits in place, the team spent a week surveying small mammals and reptiles with some interesting results.

Natural Resources Eyre Peninsula Officer Kate Brocklehurst said some species were recorded in lower numbers, after a lack of spring rain.

“Hopefully these species will bounce back next year – it shows how sensitive our animals are to changes in the environment.”

The survey, run by Ecological Horizons and the Middleback Alliance, with help from volunteers, the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources and the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, highlights the unique species on Eyre Peninsula and how differences in land management can affect numbers.

“A range of sites were surveyed in different parts of Eyre Peninsula – some near mining sites, some in areas affected by fire, and some in areas where feral animal control is in place,” Ms Brocklehurst said.

“The results were fascinating with more than 25 different mammals and reptiles identified during the wildlife survey.

“Geckos, snakes, hopping mice and Sandhill Dunnarts were among the wide variety of species found, providing valuable information.” The Middleback Alliance is a partnership between DEWNR, Arrium, Ecological Horizons and landholders.

For more information on the Middleback Alliance please contact John Read or Katherine Moseby on 08 8648 1878, email ecological@activ8.net.au.

For information on how to become a volunteer on projects like the Eyre Peninsula annual wildlife survey, contact Kate Brocklehurst on 0488 000 481 or email kate.brocklehurst@sa.gov.au

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