Conservation Volunteers Australia in partnership with the NSW Government has been working on the conservation of the koala population from Campbelltown to the Southern Highlands. The community have contributed to collecting information through koala surveys and tracking, and also improved more than 10 hectares of bushland in the region.
Koalas in the Wollondilly Shire are generally restricted to the higher fertility shale and shale-transition forests, which comprise an endangered ecological community. The woodlands that have the most koalas in Wollondilly tend to be those with Grey Gums, a distinctive gum tree noticeable by the orange bark on the trunk, which is more pronounced after rain.
Koalas will also use other bushland at various times, they may use any woodland areas, and even cleared areas, to move between patches of their preferred habitat. Most of the bushland remaining in the Wollondilly Shire is considered koala habitat, which makes it important for us to look after our bush to sustain the koalas of the region.
The project has allowed the community to contribute vital information that allows us all to better understand the behaviour of koalas in this region. We have contributed to a better understanding of what trees are important to koalas, the condition of the bushland they are using, how far they are likely to move, and we’ve also kept an eye on their health.
This week sees the launch of 3 community workshops along with this video shot on a recent volunteer day.