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Landholders lead the way for squirrel glider conservation

A squirrel glider in its natural habitatA successful project to secure the long-term future of the Burrumbuttock squirrel glider population is moving into an exciting new stage, with more properties becoming involved and a new project officer beginning work.

The Squirrel Glider Local Area Management Plan (LAMP) project has involved the restoration of habitat on 15 properties in the Burrumbuttock area.

Local landholders have supported the revegetation of gaps between existing vegetation patches and the planting of scattered paddock trees to allow gliders to easily move around the landscape.

Lou Bull is the new project officer with Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre.

I feel very honoured to be joining a team of people whom I know have worked with squirrel gliders for many years,” she said.

“I’m really looking forward to meeting past and future landholders and community members soon, to learn more about their connections to squirrel gliders.”

Burrumbuttock landholder Ashley Lindner said the project was a great opportunity for environment and industry to come together positively.

“It's been great to be able to support work for the Burrumbuttock squirrel glider population,” he said.

“Even if we don't see them often, we like just knowing that they are there and that good natural resource management can support them.”

Murray Local Land Services wildlife ecologist, Helen Waudby said connected vegetation was critical for squirrel gliders.

“While they can glide up to 100 metres in the right circumstances, they will mostly only glide distances of around 50 metres,” she said.

“They don’t like coming down to the ground because that’s when they are most susceptible to predation by foxes, cats, and even dogs.

“By connecting vegetation, landholders are helping squirrel gliders find good quality food resources and mates. Basically, Burrumbuttock landholders are supporting the squirrel glider dining and dating scene.”

The Squirrel Glider LAMP Project is a partnership between Burrumbuttock landholders, Murray Local Land Services, Wirraminna, Greater Hume Shire, the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage, and West Hume Landcare Group. The project is supported by Murray Local Land Services through funding the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.

For more information, contact Helen Waudby, Senior Land Services Officer, 02 6051 2234, helen.waudby@lls.nsw.gov.au