Enhancing critical habitat for the Pink-tailed Worm-lizard in agricultural landscapes

Date: 30, Oct, 2017
Author(s):   David Lindenmayer, Damian Michael, Daniel Florance
Publisher: TSR Hub

Box gum grassy woodland and derived native grassland, is an endangered ecological vegetation community which often occurs in agricultural landscapes. Within this community rocky outcrops provide critical habitats for a wide range of flora and fauna, such as the vulnerable Pink-tailed Worm-lizard. While substantial resources and effort are being invested in the conservation of these woodlands, some conventional and emerging agricultural practices degrade and destroy small rocky outcrops and paddocks of bushrock, which has major implications for the persistence of small mammals, reptiles and invertebrates. This project will develop and trial novel methods for restoring critical rock habitat in farming landscapes and will evaluate the response of threatened grassy woodland vegetation and reptile communities to these techniques.