‘Who’s living on my land?’ is a citizen science project that helps regional private landholders discover what species are on their property. Landholders learn how to set up a camera trap to survey for wildlife using a motion sensor infrared cameras; then borrow a camera for a two-week survey on their property.
At the end of the survey, landholders post the camera and the images back to us and we identify all the animals that came by the camera trap. We use the results of a citizen science wildlife survey to encourage landholders to participate in conservation initiatives like habitat conservation and pest control to support native wildlife on their private land.
How Can Private Landholders Contribute to Conservation?
Australia has the world’s worst mammal extinction rate due to invasive species and habitat destruction. It is imperative that private landholders participate in efforts to reverse this, as 82% of the Australian landmass is outside the National Reserve System (90% of NSW). Private landholders can contribute to conservation efforts by taking part in landscape pest management activities and caring for habitat on their property.
Photographs from the wildlife survey can help landholders find native species on their property which they did not know were there. This is because native wildlife is often nocturnal, rare and cryptic. Once the connection with nature has been established, landholders are more likely to protect the resources that wildlife depend on, such as hollows, fallen wood and a native understorey. Additionally, the photos will alert them to the presence of feral animals which will encourage participation in strategic pest management.
The ‘Who’s living on my land?’ has been running workshops since 2013 and over 300 landholders have participated in the project. Many of these landholders have bought their own camera following our training to continue monitoring on their property, signed up to private land conservation initiative (e.g. Land for Wildlife) and attended pest control accreditation courses.
Get Involved/Find Out More
To find out more about ‘Who’s living On My Land’ or to participate in an upcoming workshop visit www.whoslivingonmyland.org
“Who’s living on my land?” is delivered by the National Parks Association of NSW in partnership with the Great Eastern Ranges, Land for Wildlife, Wingecarribee Shire Council and South East Local Land Services with funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme