BDBSA Project Metadata Detail

Survey/Project Number: 360          Total No. of Sites: 9
Survey/Project Name: Fauna Crossing Monitoring in Martins Washpool CP
Abstract: This project involved collection of data (2001-2006) on small fauna species (& wombats) usage of the steep constructed drain crossing (Martins Washpool), two years after construction. Objectives: (1) To establish a methodology for future monitoring of usage of fauna crossings over the Tilley Swamp Drain. (2) To collect baseline information on fauna usage of crossings a year after their construction. It is apparent that larger faunal species (ie. wombat, kangaroo, emu, swamp hen, fox and deer) are utilising drain crossings, and house mice. What is less clear from this initial work is whether species moving between other habitat types, though M. halmatuorum tall shrubland (such as small skinks found at Transect 2), would successfully negotiate the drain crossing. This is an important concept given that species recolonisation of isolated habitats after events such as fire, may be prevented if the drain crossings do not facilitate such movement. The two critical elements in evaluating this will be continued monitoring over an extended time, and review of the season in which monitoring takes place to maximise chances of detecting species radiation on crossings. Visual assessment of the regeneration of vegetation on the crossing should continue via annual photopoint survey. Use of the crossing may be restricted until an adequate amount of vegetative cover has established. The monitoring should be continued annually to assess the ongoing impact of the drain on small faunal movement in the vicinity of the Tilley Swamp Drain.
Start Date: 01/03/2001      End Date: 28/02/2006
Survey Type: Vertebrates only
Study Area Description: *** No study area description recorded
         Vegetation: *** No vegetation survey objectives recorded
         Fauna: Elliotts and pitfall traps placed along 50 metre wide crossing every 10 metres with dissimilar habitat control set up on sandy heathy rise. Two 50 m wide bridge type fauna crossings, B1 and B3, along the Tilley Swamp Drain, were surveyed for fauna from 10/4/01-12/4/01. A patch of adjacent habitat was also surveyed in an identical fashion near each crossing to act as controls. 10 pitfalls were placed 5 m apart across each drain, with netting erected along the line. Elliott traps were placed in pairs near pitfall sites on alternate sides of the netting line- ie there were 10 Elliott traps (in 5 groups of 2) each side.
         Vegetation: *** No vegetation methodology recorded
         Fauna: *** No vertebrate methodology recorded

Data Distribution Rules: Public
Project Basis: Fauna : Fauna species/population Study (ie trapping records over time period for species study). NOTE:NON Std Svy methodology may have been used.
Information Authority: Department for Environment and Heritage (BDBSA:South East) - Mt Gambier Office - Regional Ecologist