Strathbogie Shire Council

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Flora and Fauna

 

Strathbogie's Flora and Fauna

Strathbogie Shire is home to many iconic species of flora, fauna and fungi, which include State and Federally listed species such as the Greater Glider, Powerful Owl, Squirrel Glider possum, Eastern Pygmy Possum, Brush-tailed Phascogale, and Barking Owl. However some 177,600ha of the Strathbogie Ranges (74%) is now cleared of forest vegetation, and much of our other vegetation has been cleared for agriculture across other parts of the Shire.

Because forests and flora promote soil health, rain, pollination for our crops, stormwater deceleration, and a hundred-thousand other amazing things, the State, Council and community monitor what we have left very carefully. A great deal of effort goes into replacing the vegetation we have lost, so we can live in the next millennium without the erosion, drought, salinity and weeds that we do today. 

 

Strathbogie Shire Plains 2018

 

Roadside Conservation Assessment 2017

In Spring 2017 Biodiversity Services, an ecology team well respected for their roadside evaluation expertise, undertook a comprehensive survey of nearly 3000 km of Strathbogie Shire’s roadsides. Many residents and visitors are unaware that some 80% of the Strathbogie Shire has been cleared of forested vegetation, and thus our roadsides are actually recognised as doing the ‘heavy lifting’ when it comes to providing habitat for native species. These not only include our everyday possums, but rare, threatened and listed flora and fauna, such as the Greater Glider, Powerful Owl, Squirrel Glider possum, Eastern Pygmy Possum, Grey Crowned Babbler, Brush-tailed Phascogale, and Barking Owl, as well as the Euroa Guinea Flower.

 

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Leopard Orchard, Strathbogie Shire roadside, 2017.

 

The ecologists presented Council with a comprehensive report on the rare, threatened, regionally significant, listed, invasive weeds, and threatening processes. They also presented a comprehensive database, management prescriptions, GIS data, 25,000 geo-referenced photographs, and a number of community presentations.

In July 2018 Strathbogie Shire Council’s roadside survey data was uploaded to the Visualising Victoria’s Biodiversity website – a place for the public to discover and share spatial information on Victoria’s environmental values, conservation activities and research. Strathbogie Shire’s has an inclusive open data ethos for work like this, and recognises the advantages of sharing our work with government agencies, organisations, community groups and individuals www.vvb.org.au/vvb_map.php (please click on ‘Local Government datasets’).

Roadside Conservation Assessment Report

 



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