Landholders ‘citizen scientists’ in project

A recent project involving 10 landholders in the Berry area that saw motion detection camera placed on their properties revealed some interesting animal behaviour.

Now the call has gone out to residents in the Kiama area, the Saddleback Corridor specifically, to attend a free workshop tomorrow morning at Foxground about the possibility of becoming ‘‘citizen scientists’’.

The ‘‘Who’s Living on My Land?’’ project involves the use of infrared cameras to monitor native and pest animals on participants’ land.

The Saddleback Corridor runs eastwards from Jamberoo Lookout through the Southern Jamberoo Valley to Saddleback Mountain and south-west to Foxground Valley, and includes Mount Brandon, Tootawallin Gully and Currys Mountain areas.

Program facilitator David Rush said the Saddleback Corridor contained a number of connected corridors of remnant native vegetation which provided habitat, feeding, breeding and shelter opportunities for a range of native wildlife.

Sightings included a diverse array of native fauna including swamp wallabies, echidnas, long nose bandicoots, lyrebirds, bowerbirds, sparrowhawks, green catbirds and purple swamphens.

‘‘Being a citizen scientist is fun, interesting, socially and environmentally satisfying and landholders found the project very exciting and worthwhile,’’ Mr Rush said.

To make a booking or for more details Mr Rush can be contacted on 4429 4453. Alternatively email davidr@npansw.org.au.

The workshop is being run by The Illawarra to Shoalhaven Partnership in collaboration with the National Parks Association of NSW.

It is funded through the NSW government’s Environmental Trust.

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