Evaluating the effectiveness of wildlife corridors in the Gosford region
The Gosford Coastal Open Space System (COSS) is a network of bushland reserves that were created to preserve the landscape and prevent further deterioration of habitat. There is little hard data on the effectiveness of the corridors but, there is anecdotal evidence that many wildlife corridors linking these reserves are not working effectively, increasing the risk of inbreeding and loss of biodiversity. Gosford City Council is engaging land holders to improve and establish new corridors in this area, but a sound foundation of scientific data is needed to design this program for the greatest benefit for wildlife. This project will use a combination of field and genetic survey methods to assess connectivity of species with different life histories and dispersal capabilities. From this data we will determine the minimum habitat requirements of these species (e.g. reserve size, vegetation, corridor width and length) to inform where best to establish habitat corridors. Samples have been collected by project partners for the last 3 years and now Taronga’s genetic expert is working with the Greater Eastern Ranges group to analysis these samples and develop the management recommendations.
Taronga: Dr Jo Day
Gosford City Council: Mr Larry Melican, Mr Warren Brown, Ms Lisa Ford
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