Research summary results
If you are aware of research results, either from your own research or from other research projects and provided the results relate to threatened species please contribute by sending us a brief summary. By compiling a list of research results we will improve communication knowledge sharing.
Project: Pilot remote camera survey for Long-nosed Potoroo and Southern Brown Bandicoot in the Grampians National Park.
Relevant threatened species: Long-nosed Potoroo and Southern Brown Bandicoot.
Key findings: As a starting point to establish a monitoring protocol to confidently detect presence / absence, it is suggested that at least two cameras per site for at least 14 survey nights (28 camera trapping nights) could provide an 80% and 100% detection probability for Long-nosed Potoroo and Southern Brown Bandicoot respectively.
Authors: Stevens, M., Rudolph, G., Christian, F., and Frey, S (Parks Victoria, DSE & Parks Canada)
Project: Genetic status of Spot-tailed Quoll in Southwest Victoria
Relevant threatened species: Spot-tailed Quoll
Key findings: There is little evidence that quolls from Southwest Victoria, including the Otway Ranges are genetically distinct from quolls from other Victorian populations or from NSW populations. Also populations are bottlenecked due to limited gene flow and declining due to loss of habitat.
Author: C. Belcher, 2006.
Contact for further information: Aggie Stevenson, Glenelg Hopkins CMA, 55712526
Project: Grampians National Park - Fox Adaptive Experimental Management 2006 ANNUAL SPRING TRAPPING REPORT: Special post fire AEM review
Relevant threatened species: Southern Brown Bandicoot, Heath Mouse, Long-nosed Potoroo
Key findings: Fox control program has been effective and surveys have detected positive results
Contact for further information: Mike Stevens, Biodiversity Program Leader, Grampians National Park, (03) 5361 4004
- pdf version of report (757Kb)
Project: Vertebrate fauna in Sugar Gum Plantations study
Title: Fauna in eucalypt plantations on the Victorian Volcanic Plains near Lismore, south-western Victoria, April 2009
This was a year long study near Lismore in the volcanic plains of south-western Victoria aimed at assessing the value of eucalypt plantations as habitat for birds, bats and arboreal mammals.
Altogether 32 sites were selected for study. They comprised 5 in open farmland, 9 in young plantations (aged 4-10 years), 7 in mature plantations (aged 60-80 years), 5 in old plantations (aged at least 100 years), 2 in remnant forest, and 4 in atypical mature plantations. The latter had been sparsely planted or subject to recent disturbance
Key findings: Findings from the study reinforce the value of plantations for open-country fauna (the main beneficiaries in this open landscape) and also for forest or woodland fauna (including at least 11 bat species and large numbers of honeyeaters and lorikeets). In addition, it suggests that these benefits could be enhanced through increasing the diversity of plantings, and focusing new plantations on parts of the landscape that were naturally wooded.
Author: E. McNabb, R. Loyn, B. Hughes, R.Chick, Arthur Rylah Institute
Contact for further information: Central Victorian Farm Plantations www. cvfp.org.au (see Lismore Report)
Project: Blue Whale for recent results and link to research paper on six years of surveys.