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4.0 ANIMAL SPECIES RECORDED DURING SURVEY

No full record of animal/bird/reptile species was listed for the property, however the significant species previously recorded for the region were looked for and the property assessed as to its suitability for those species.

4.1 Table 3. Significant Animal Species Recorded for Wartook Area*:

Species

Common name

Conservation Status

State/National

Likely Occurrence on Property

Observed during Survey

Lophoictinia isura

Square-tailed Kite

Endangered in Victoria

Likely

No

Grus rubicunda

Brolga

Vulnerable in Victoria

Highly unlikely

No

Hylacola pyrrhopygia

Chestnut-rumped Heathwren

Insufficiently known in Victoria

Likely

No

Chthonicola sagittata

Speckled Warbler

Vulnerable nationally

Yes

Yes

Ninox strenua

Powerful Owl

Endangered nationally

Yes

Yes: regurgitation pellets

Stagonopleura guttata

Diamond Firetail Finch

Rare in Victoria

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

* Based on Atlas of Victorian Wildlife data base records, DNRE

4.2 Habitat Quality for Fauna;

The diversity of flora at all levels of the vegetation ensures a good supply of nectar and insects all year round. This, and the variety of nesting habitats would attract a good bird population.

There are many hollows, particularly in the old growth trees, and a good amount of fallen timber to provide habitats suitable for small mammals and lizards etc.

The open grassy woodland with numerous fallen trees provides excellent habitat for many declining woodland birds and reptiles. In fact the vulnerable Speckled Warbler was found nesting in one section of the Red Gum Grassy Woodland.

As well the rare Diamond Firetail Finch and the declining Southern Whiteface and numerous Brown Treecreepers were recorded in the Red Gum/Yellow Box Grassy Woodland areas.

Of significance for wildlife is the dense sedgy ground flora in the Sedgy Riparian Woodland which probably supports a good colony of native Swamp Rats, and may well support colonies of Southern Brown Bandicoots, a recently listed nationally endangered species. However neither of these species was recorded during the survey.

 © Roger Riordan 2004-2017