Rock On! Restoring critical rock habitat for reptiles on farms

Date: 06, Feb, 2018
Author(s):   Damian Michael
Publisher: TSR Hub

Conservation and restoration in production landscapes mostly focusses on native vegetation. Millions of dollars are spent each year on broad-scale revegetation programs. Native vegetation is important but so too are native rocks. Indeed, rocky habitats are critical to many small animals and reptiles in farming landscapes but they don't get the same attention as native vegetation. Dr Damian Michael from The Australian National University hopes to set that right. Here he explains why protecting rocky outcrops and bushrock is important, how this critical resource is being destroyed, and what measures need to be taken to improve habitat for threatened reptiles in agricultural landscapes.