Threatened species projects

The following projects relate to threatened species or their habitats. Share your project

Fauna projects

Brush-tailed Phascogale

Brush-tailed Phascogale Nest Box project

Location: Bushland parks and reserves surrounding the City of Greater Bendigo

Activities: Building, installing and long term monitoring of nest boxes for over 30 years. Trials on box design/materials.

Partners: Bendigo Field Naturalists Club, Parks Victoria, City of Greater Bendigo, Sheepwash Creek Landcare group & Community Groups.

Contacts: Karen Thomas 0417377223

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Mallee Fowl

Threatened Mallee Birds Conservation Action Plan

Location: Murray Mallee of south-eastern Australia

Activities: Focus on 6 nationally-listed species; Mallee Emu-wren, Black-eared Miner, Red-lored Whistler, Western Whipbird (eastern subspecies), Regent Parrot (eastern subspecies) and Malleefowl. Regional recovery groups involved with conservation activities.

Partners: Implementation Team; BirdLife Australia, Department of the Environment (Commonwealth), Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (SA), Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (Vic.), Office of Environment and Heritage (NSW)
Monash University, LaTrobe University, Zoos SA, Zoos Victoria

Contacts: Birdlife Australia

Further information



Rewilding the Desert - Conservation Volunteers Australia (CVA)

Location: Wimmera - Little Desert Nature Lodge (117-hectare predator exclusion fenced), The Malleefowl Sanctuary (120 ha with predator exclusion fence),  Salvana Conservation Reserve – 1200 ha.

Activities: Volunteers can participate in hands-on conservation activities. Experimentally reintroducing locally extinct native species into two predator-proof enclosures. Focus species; Western quoll (vulnerable), Spot-tailed quoll (endangered), Red-tailed black cockatoo (endangered), Malleefowl (vulnerable), Numbat (vulnerable), Red-tailed phascogale (endangered), Western barred bandicoot (endangered), Bilby (vulnerable), Burrowing Bettong (vulnerable) and Brush-tailed Bettong (endangered).

Partners: Wimmera Catchment Management Authority,  FAUNA Research AllianceConservation Volunteers Australia, Hindmarsh Landcare.

Contacts: Ben Holmes, Project Officer, Biodiversity, Wimmera CMA 0408552268


Turquoise Parrot Image:Chris Tzaros

Turquoise Parrot Nest Box project

Location: Chesney Vale and Warby Ranges region of the Goulburn Broken catchment, and expanding to the NE catchment up to Chiltern region.

Activities: Building and installing nest boxes on private land, monitoring nest boxes, holding field days and school education events.

Partners: Goulburn Broken CMA, landholders and local schools.

Contacts: Janice Mentiplay-Smith, Broken Boosey CMN Coordinator 57647506



Plains-wanderer project

Location: Northern Victoria Plains Grasslands (Patho Plains), Trust for Nature grasslands reserves, Terrick Terrick National Park, Bael Bael Grasslands Reserve.

Activities: Captive breeding, population monitoring, predator control, habitat restoration, conservation covenants.

Partners: Parks Victoria, Trust for Nature, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Zoos Victoria, North Central CMA,  adjoining private landholders.

Contacts: North Central CMA – Remnant Grassy Ecosystems

More about Plains-wanderer 


Squirrel Glider

Campaspe Squirrel Glider project

Location: Campaspe River Reserve, from the outskirts of Echuca to Rochester.

Activities: Installation and management of 100 Squirrel Glider nest boxes. To be expanded along the Campaspe River to where it meets the Murray River in conjunction with remote camera study subject to funding.

Partners: Strathallan Family Landcare, Shire of Campaspe, Bunnings Echuca, Rotary Club of Rochester, Mitre 10 Rochester and Echuca Painter Mark Haydon.

Contacts: Veronica Groats, President, Strathallan Landcare, 54849293

More about Squirrel Gliders

Southern Brown Bandicoot

Southern Brown Bandicoot recovery project

Location: Kooweerup area Western Port.

Activities: Habitat enhancement, predator control (foxes & cats), population monitoring.

Partners: Western Port Biosphere, SBB Recovery Group, local community.

Contacts: Western Port Biosphere

Southern Brown Bandicoot


Squirrel Glider

Squirrel Glider project

Location: Lurg Hills area - Benella.

Activities: Habitat restoration, revegetation, habitat linkages, Squirrel Glider nest box's inc. monitoring.

Partners: Regent Honeyeater project, landholders.

Contacts: Ray Thomas  - Regent Honeyeater Project. More about Squirrel Gliders

Squirrel Glider


Latham's Snipe Project

Latham's Snipe project

Location: Powling Street wetlands in Port Fairy

Activities: Population monitoring, capture & tracking movement, collaborative research within and between Australia and Japan, build understanding and appreciation of habitat management issues among communities and management agencies.

Partners: South Beach Wetlands and Landcare Group, Federation University, Wild Bird Society of Japan, Japan Bird Research Association, Woodlands and Wetlands Trust (Jerrabomberra Wetlands), GHCMA  & DELWP.

Contacts: Dr Birgita HansenLatham's Snipe Project

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Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo

South-eastern Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo recovery

Location: South-east South Australia & South-west Victoria

Activities: Population monitoring, nest boxes, protection of nest trees, habitat monitoring & enhancement of Stringybark forests and Buloke trees.

Partners: Birdlife Australia, DELWP, GHCMA, WCMA, South Aust. Govt.

Contacts: Bronwyn Perryman,1800 262 062, Recovery Team web site

Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo


Regent Honeyeater

Regent Honeyeater captive release program 2017

Location: Chiltern Mt Pilot National Park

Activities: Captive breeding, release, monitoring and habitat conservation.

Partners: Department of Environment & Primary Industries, BirdLife Australia, Taronga Zoo, Friends of Chiltern-Mt Pilot National Park, Bird observers and Landcare groups.

Contacts: Glen Johnson, Department of Environment and Primary Industries, Wodonga, 02 6043 7924 and National Regent Honeyeater Recovery Co-ordinator, Dean Ingwersen, BirdLife Australia, (03) 93470757 Regent Honeyeater captive release updates

Further information


Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Eastern Barred Bandicoot - guardian dogs proposal

Location: Tiverton, western Victoria

Activities: Proposed 5 year pilot to assess the feasibility of using guardian dogs to protect the Eastern Barred Bandicoot at three grassland sites in Victoria.

Partners: Zoos Victoria, Tiverton Properties (an extension of the team at Mt Rothwell), EBB Recovery Team and Tasmania University.

Contacts: Rachel Lowry, Zoos Victoria, (03) 9340 2743

Eastern Barred Bandicoot


Southern Brown Bandicoot

St Helens Reserve Southern Brown Bandicoots

Location: St Helens Reserve, through 2014 - 2015 & 2016

Activities: Fox control and monitoring using remote cameras, see wildlife monitoring video clips on their web site.

Partners: Basalt to Bay Landcare Network

Contacts: Lisette Mill 04 08 712 713

Southern Brown Bandicoot


Bush Stone-curlew

Save our Bush Stone-curlews 2014 ongoing

Location: Shelbourne Nature Conservation Reserve, near Bendigo and private land near the reserve.

Activities: Habitat restoration, fox control, predator proof fencing, captive breeding, re-introduction and monitoring.

Partners: Mid-Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group (Mid Loddon Landcare Network & CMN) with the Upper Spring Creek & West Marong Landcare Groups.

Contacts: Judy Crocker, Facilitator, Mid-Loddon Sub-Catchment Management Group & Mid Loddon CMN. 03 5435 3412

Bush Stone-curlew


spot tailed quoll project

Australian Quoll Conservancy, Spot-tailed Quoll survey 2018-2020

Location: Toolangi, Kinglake, Lerderderg, Wombat and Erica areas and expanding from these areas as coverage intensifies to Northern & Eastern Victoria Bioregions.

Activities: Use of motion cameras with non-invasive gender quoll detection methodology. Victorian members of the public are encouraged to report sightings directly to the Australian Quoll Conservancy.

Partners: Australian Quoll Conservancy, Victorian “Species Recovery Unit”, DELWP, professionals, business owners and passionate quoll individuals from Victoria.

Contacts: Alberto Vale, President,  Australian Quoll Conservancy Inc. 0412 632 328

Spot-tailed Quoll


orange-bellied parrot

Orange-bellied Parrot recovery and releases 

Location: Summer breeding season at Melaleuca, Tasmania. 

 Overwinter season at mainland Australia, Werribee / Avalon areas.

Activities: Captive breeding and release, assisted migration, monitoring at breeding and overwinter areas.

Partners: DELWP and Zoos Victoria are leading the Orange-bellied Parrot Mainland Release Trial, with the support of BirdLife AustraliaMoonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation ParkMelbourne WaterParks Victoria and the Tasmanian Government's Orange-bellied Parrot Tasmanian Program.

Contacts: Kristy Penrose (Zoos Victoria) or Steve Davidson (Birdlife Australia)

Orange-bellied Parrot


Burrunan Dolpin project

Burrunan Dolpin Project

Marine Mammal Foundation

Location: Victoria: Port Phillip Bay and Gippsland Lakes.


Research, education, conservation.

Applied research into Burrunan Dolphin (Assessing the social network structure of Port Phillip Bay and Gippsland Lakes populations). Investigating population size, structure and distribution of the Port Phillip Bay Burrunan dolphin. Dolphin acoustics research.

Partners: Marine Mammal Foundation and contributors.




Eastern Barred Bandicoot Project Phillip Island Nature Parks

Eastern Barred Bandicoot releases 

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Location: Churchill Island, Phillip Island.

Activities: Predator control, habitat management, release of captive bred bandicoots and monitoring.

Partners: Phillip Island Nature Parks, Zoos Victoria, Eastern Barred Bandicoot Recovery Team and volunteers.

Contacts:  Dr Duncan Sutherland, Senior Research Scientist, Deputy Research Manager - Phillip Island Nature Parks.

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Southern Right Whale cow calf M Watson

Southern Right Whale South-east Australia 

Location:  Victorain coast.

Activities: Genetic research, Photo ID, Sightings database, calf survival, recruitment and movement study, Citizen Science.

Partners: Dept. Environment Land, Water & Planning,  volunteers.

Contacts:  Mandy Watson, Senior Biodiversity Officer, Warrnambool.

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Helmeted Honeyeater

Helmeted Honeyeater From Yellingbo to Butterfield Project (y2B)

Location: Yellingbo Yarra Valley

Activities: 3 year project commenced 2017, working with 70 landholders along Woori Yallock Creek wildlife corridor from Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve to Butterfield Nature Reserve to improve habitat for Helmeted Honeyeater. Works have been implemented on some 30 properties so far.

Partners: Friends of Helmeted Honeyeater, Macclesfield Landcare, Monbulk Landcare, Jon Hills Landcare. Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

Contacts:   Gaye Gadsden, Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater Inc.

Helmeted Honeyeater Project

YouTube video on project

Update Winter 2019 pdf



Brush-tailed Phascogale project

Brisbane Ranges, Brush-tailed Phascogale project 

Location: Brisbane Ranges N.P.

Activities: Field studies to collate information about phascogales and develop standard procedures for nest box construction, installation and follow up monitoring. 

Partners: Friends of Brisbane Ranges, Parks Victoria, Newcomb Secondary College and Wyndham Central College, Woodland Ecosystems Resilience Partnership Program (WERPP), Central Victorian Biolinks, Landcareand Field Naturalists Clubs.


Further information


Zoos Victoria Fighting Extinction

Zoos Victoria Fighting Extinction

Location: Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Open Range Zoo. 

Activities: Recovery of 27 native threatened species in Victoria. 

Conservation programs, research, community involvement, citizen science and international collaboration.

Partners: Community Groups, Private landholders, Research Organisations. National Trust of Australia, Parks Victoria, Phillip island Nature Parks, Universities & DELWP.

Contacts:   Zoos Victoria - Fighting Extinction.


Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Location: 550 Tyabb-Tooradin Rd, Pearcedale Vic 3912 Open: 10am-5pm   

Activities: Conservation breeding of critically endangered orange-bellied parrots for the Recovery Program for release and to maintain a captive insurance group. Since 2014, Moonlit Sanctuary has bred over 140 birds of which more than 40 have been released into the wild.

Partners: Zoos Victoria,  Aviculture Society of Australia, Orange-bellied Parrot Recovery Team and volunteers.

Contacts:   Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park


Mallee CMA biodiversity projects

Mallee CMA Biodiversity projects

Location: Mallee Catchment Management Authority (CMA) area.

Background: The Mallee CMA works with communities across the region to ensure natural resources are managed in an integrated and ecologically sustainable way.

Through funding from the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity Response Planning (BRP) and Biodiversity On-Ground Action (BOGA) programs, the Mallee CMA is delivering work to help protect threatened species.


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Flora projects

Dwarf Spider Orchid

Dwarf Spider Orchid - Caladenia pumila

Location: Bannockburn area - north west of Geelong, Victoria

Activities: Monitoring, surveys to discover new populations, micro manage habitat. See: Dwarf Spider Orchid

Partners: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Parks Victoria, Royal Botanic Gardens, Australian Native Orchid Society, volunteers.

Contacts: Donna McMaster DELWP - Ballarat, Ph. 136 186


white sunray

White Sunray Rehabilitation Project - Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor

Location: Duverney - Hamilton Highway, winter spring 2013 into 2014

Activities: Rehabilitate approx. 2.5 hectares of Plains Grassland, sowing Hoary Sunray seed August 2013. On-going monitoring.

Partners: VicRoads

Contacts: Matt Mooney, 5222518


Linear reserves project

Linear Reserves Project

Location: Victorian Volcanic Plains (west of Melbourne).

Activities: Weed control, Ecological burning, Education.

Partners: Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Glenelg Hopkins and Corangamite CMAs. CFA, Local Government, VicRoads, Rail Authorities (VicTrack, ARTC), Parks Victoria, Traditional Owners, Contractors, Federation University and the Arthur Rylah Institute.

Contacts: Ammie Jackson (DELWP), Natural Environment Program Officer


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Spiny Rice-flower recovery

Location: Victorian Volcanic Plains Bioregion

Activities: Monitoring, translocation, weed control, ecological burning. The Pimelea Conservation Trust Fund invites applications for grants to carry out conservation works each year .

Partners: Trust for Nature.

Contacts: Debbie Reynolds, Pimelea Conservation Officer, Trust for Nature Phone: (03) 8631 5888 



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