SUCCESS STORIES

Mt Rothwell Biodiversity Interpretation Centre

The dedicated work by volunteeers has enabled Mt Rothwell to support a number of mammal re-introductions. Below is some of their handy work.


Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Mainland Australia’s only stable self-sustaining wild population of Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Eastern Quolls

Most successful mainland Eastern Quoll captive breeding program that supports the only self-sustaining wild population of Eastern Quoll on mainland Australia

Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

Victoria’s most successful Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby breeding program.


Ecosystem

The only entirely fenced ecosystem that includes native apex predators (Eastern Quoll and Tiger Quoll).

Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Perameles gunnii subsp. gunnii. Extinct on the mainland, introduced to Mt Rothwell in 2004.

Eastern Quoll

Dasyurus viverrinus. Extinct on the mainland, introduced to Mt Rothwell in 2003


Brush-tailed Rock-wallaby

Petrogale penicillata. Critically Endangered in Victoria, introduced to Mt Rothwell in 2004

Southern Brown Bandicoot

Endangered in Australia, introduced to Mt Rothwell in 2002

Rufous Bettong

Aepyprymnus rufescens. Regionally Extinct in Victoria, introduced to Mt Rothwell in 2002


Long-nosed Potoroo

Potorous tridactylus tridactylus. – Endangered in Victoria, introduced to Mt Rothwell in 2002

OUR THREATS

This is some of the things we have to deal with at Mt Rothwell
We thank our volunteers for all that they do.


Introduced animals

The fence protects the reserve from foxes, feral cats and dogs. To date the fence has never been breached.

Rabbit control methods

Used within the fence are essential for minimising destruction caused by rabbits

Weeds

Extensive weed control methods are carried out year round, significantly reducing the number of weed species present and their population densities.

Fire

The biggest threat is over the summer period is fire.

SECRETS TO OUR SUCCESS

The Fence – The 11km fence surrounding Mt Rothwell is key to our success. By removing the threatening processes, the animals have taken care of themselves. The fence is checked every day for any holes, rusting, diggings, and chewed wire, anything that may enable a cat or fox to gain entry into the reserve. It has three electric wires which is monitored by a computer telemetry system that immediately notifies staff if there of any short out of the wires.

Volunteers – The many of the volunteers have worked at Mt Rothwell for 10 years or more. Their contributions have been integral to the success of species introductions, weed control, rabbit control, survey and monitoring activities. The volunteers recently formalised their group and are now known as the Mt Rothwell Landcare Volunteers Inc. They recently won their first grant submission to Communities for Nature (DEPI) funding their project to enhance and restore threatened ecosystems



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