We are excited to announce that over the coming year BCCA will be delivering a community education and enhancing habitat and nesting sites project, to assist the recovery of the endangered Greater Glider (Petauroides volans).
The Greater Glider (Petauroides volans) is a species of hollow dependent gliding possum (the largest in the world) that is listed as endangered under Australian biodiversity law. Its continuing and rapid decline in presence and abundance (80% in the last 20 years) is exacerbated by its slow life history characteristics, specialist requirements for large hollow-bearing trees (hence mature forests), and relatively specialised dietary requirements (similar to that of koalas).
Its area of occupancy has decreased substantially due to historic and continued land clearing of old-growth forests, bushfires, forest fragmentation, predation and their preferential selection of forests with large hollow-bearing trees. Continued population declines are likely to be driven by the slow and decreased recruitment of large hollow-bearing trees (>100 years) for reproduction and predation protection.
This project aims to improve the trajectory of Greater Gliders by increasing the number of and monitoring installed large living/carved hollows & nesting-boxes plus improve the retention of existing hollows through landholder education & engagement.
If you are keen to keep up to date on the roll out of this project during 2023, contact our Ecologist at [email protected] to register your interest.