Assessment of Fox, Dog and Cat Impacts on the Coastal Mid-North Coast

North Coast Local Land Services

Little documentation is available to natural resource management agencies to quantify the densities of vertebrate pests along the Nambucca - Macleay - Port Macquarie Coast line and adjacent estuarine islands / riparian zones.

Details

Availability: 1/07/2015 - 30/06/2018

Time required: Not yet defined

Duration: Not yet defined

Location: Kempsey, New South Wales, Australia

Requires face to face contact:  No

Overview

Aims

Demonstrate the need for improved / coordinated feral vertebrate control to enhance survival of shorebirds and other species along the NSW Mid North Coastal strip .

Outcomes

Data / reports demonstrating: a) population densities of feral vertebrates, b) observed impacts from the pests, c) reports documenting surviving populations of threatened / impacted species (shorebirds, hind dunal species, estuarine species), d) scat sampling / analysis, etc

Needs

Addresses a knowledge gap - assist North Coast Local Land Services with justification of financial investment into pest control in the coastal strip.

Benefits

SCU

Working on real issues. Experience collecting data/ undertaking survey work. Working with agencies (NPWS/ OEH/NCLLS/Councils) and community groups (Dunecare/ Aust Birds) etc

Requirements

SCU

Assist with scat contents id (fur analysis?), survey design.

Partner

Site selection, access (possibly assist with driving to sampling locations), facilitation of intergovernmental panel to assist a group of students.
Possibly finance scat analysis if not able to be undertaken by undergrads.
NCLLS finances will be available until a project brief is formally written and approved by NCLLS management.