This article was first published at: http://www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Autumn-2015-LP-for-web-publication.pdf
By Lesley Peden and Su Wild-River
At the recent Regen Festival, I delivered a workshop for the Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council with Kristy Moyle from South East Local Land Services and Lesley Peden from Kosciuszko2Coast.
The workshop focus was connectivity conservation. This recognises the particular needs of different species for moving around within landscapes. Animals like eagles, owls and kangaroos can readily move between disconnected, or thin patches of habitat, but most native species can’t. Local threatened species like the Flame Robin, Golden-tipped bat, Green and Golden Bell Frog, Squirrel Glider, Long-nosed Potoroo, Smoky Mouse and Rosenberg’s Goanna, all need relatively in-tact vegetation to move about in the landscape. Disconnections within the Great Eastern Ranges can trap these species when fire, flood, drought or even a successful breeding season mean that individuals must move to survive.
During the workshop we discussed the ecological importance, and urgency of regeneration in the broad context of connectivity conservation. A key point is that the best conservation outcomes are achieved by being aware of the context and the different needs of the species using the landscape.