Landholders key to wildlife protection

Busselton Dunsborough Times

The South West Catchments Council is encouraging private landholders in the region to protect and conserve native plants and animals which inhabit their properties as part of the Land for Wildlife program.

The voluntary nationwide program encourages and helps private landholders in providing diverse habitats for wildlife living on their properties.

The SWCC has been working with landholders over the past three months, conducting property visits in Benjnup, Quedjinup, Yallingup Siding, Tutunup and Crowea.

Many of the properties were home to threatened species, including the red-tailed black cockatoo, the white-tailed black cockatoo, the quenda, the western ringtail possum, the brush-tailed phascogale, the chuditch, and the Dunsborough burrowing crayfish.

Upon each visit, the SWCC urged the importance of management of nature-based resources including water, plants and animals, and provided advice on land management issues and grant funding opportunities.

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SWCC biodiversity project manager Stephen Newbey said the landholders were working hard to undertake management actions to improve wildlife habitat on their properties.

“Their dedication and passion will help ensure the sustain-ability of environmental resources for present and future generations,” he said.

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