Selecting faunal species for reintroduction to Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary, ACT

Date: 23, Nov, 2021
Author(s): Adrian Manning  
Publisher: TSR Hub

Threatened species recovery programs are increasingly turning to reintroductions to reverse biodiversity loss. Through this project, the Australian National University (ANU) has worked closely with the ACT Government and the Woodlands and Wetlands Trust (WWT) to provide scientific support to animal reintroduction programs at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary (MFWS). To date, a number of species have been reintroduced to MFWS. Reintroduction of the eastern bettong (Bettongia gaimardi), eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus), bush stone-curlew (Burhinus grallarius) are well advanced, while trial reintroductions of species like the new Holland mouse (Pseudomys novaehollandiae) have also commenced. Building on this work, we worked with stakeholders to develop a species selection and prioritisation process for the next priority list of species to be reintroduced, which has informed the draft Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary Strategy 2020–2045.