Rangers don’t particularly enjoy the eradication of animals – but unfortunately, it is a necessary part of protecting many native species. Foxes pose one of the biggest threats to native animals in Booderee. All medium-sized mammals, shorebirds and ground dwelling birds like the Eastern Bristle Bird are at risk from these introduced predators. They have a terrible effect on the biodiversity of an area.
In Booderee this includes small mammals and ground birds like bandicoots, ring-tail possums, quail, ground parrots and endangered animals like the eastern bristlebird and hooded plover.
We have a number of fauna-camera monitoring sites across the park to observe the behaviour of foxes and other animals. Baiting foxes can be tricky as they may become ‘bait-shy’.
We measure how well we’re doing in the fight against foxes by the health of our native populations – monitoring key species as indicators. Every three months we monitor the small mammal population of Booderee, particularly bandicoot and possum populations and use the results to inform the fox control program for the next year.
We are also part of a major program coordinated by NSW Parks and Wildlife Services to monitor the hooded plovers and other shorebirds. We also count endangered bristlebirds three times each year – we’ve now conducted over 650 individual monitoring surveys over ten years.
Matt, Booderee National Park