Council has been successful in receiving funding assistance from the NSW Government through its Environmental Trust. These funds are being utilised to enhance the habitat of the Squirrel Glider population across 53-hectares of Council Reserves in Forster. This includes bushland restoration works, such as weed removal, pest animal controls, food tree plantings, rubbish removal, as well as the delivery of community education programs.
One of the key aspects of the project has involved the installation of specially-constructed nesting boxes in areas of the reserves where natural hollows are in short supply. Gliders rely on hollows for shelter and breeding. In total, sixty-four nesting boxes have been placed into trees in Council Reserves in the project area. Monitoring of the boxes has shown an excellent uptake rate by Squirrel Gliders, particularly in the reserves around Golden Ponds and The Southern Parkway.
This project, which is currently in its third year, aims to support local urban biodiversity, specifically the Forster Squirrel Glider population, with proactive on-ground management of key threats and community education. Engagement of the local community will be designed to raise awareness about the significance of urban habitat (den) trees, backyard biodiversity and other urban bushland values. It will also deliver key messages around priority threats such as weeds, predation from feral animals and domestic pets, fire and pollution.
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