Protecting Threatened Fauna
We share our coastal areas many EPBC listed species including the Black-breasted button quail (Turnix melanogaster) Beach stone-curlew (Esacus neglectus), Long-nosed Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus tridactylus), Spotted-tail quoll (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus), Water mouse (Xeromys myoides), Little tern (Sternula albifrons) and migratory species including marine turtles, Dugong (Dugong dugon) and the Australian snubfin dolphin (Orcaella heinsohni).
Human activity has resulted in habitat loss and degradation throughout the coastal landscape which in turn affects our native fauna. Through monitoring, habitat and species assessment and on ground works to mitigate threats this program aims to reverse species decline and help our threatened species survive into the future.
The water mouse (Xeromys myoides) is a small native rodent that is listed as Vulnerable under the EPBC Act. They live in coastal saltmarsh, saline grasslands, mangroves and coastal freshwater wetlands and shelter during the day and between tidal cycles in constructed nest mounds and natural or artificial hollows. They follow the tide out to the low water mark during the night and forage for invertebrate prey on the mangrove substrata and in shallow pools. Habitat loss, fragmentation and degradation are the most significant threatening processes for the species and significant work has been undertaken in the Bustard Bay area to protect their habitat through stock exclusion fencing, feral animal control and vehicle access management.