Bushfire recovery continues at Cherry Gardens

Bushfire recovery continues at Cherry Gardens

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Volunteers are being sought to help to help in the recovery of the Cherry Gardens bushland, by helping identify endangered animals.

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Volunteers are being sought to help to help in the recovery of the Cherry Gardens bushland, by helping identify endangered animals.

SA's National Parks and Wildlide Service and SA Water have set up 70 motion sensing cameras to monitor threatened species, following the January Cherry Gardens bushfire.

NPWS threatened species manager Jason Higham said there had been plenty of activity in the first two months, with all sorts of wildlife captured in Scott Creek Conservation Park and the Mt Bold Reservoir.

"This survey is our first detailed, evidence-based look at how the landscape is recovering," he said.

"The results will help us understand how these threatened species are using unburnt areas, and how they are responding as the vegetation regrows.

"Images captured have been uploaded to the DigiVol website, and we're hoping community members will log-in and help with the important task of identifying local threatened species."

Mr Higham said species of interest included the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot and the endangered Mt Lofty Ranges subspecies of the Chestnut-rumped Heathwren.

"This is the first phase of a multi-year project, which will see NPWS collect data through annual surveys to help gain information about the survival and recolonisation of priority threatened animals associated with these habitats," he said.

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"Information gathered will provide our ecologists with vital information about habitat recovery and inform the planning of future management in the area including fire management and prescribed burning.

"Some habitats in this area haven't been burnt for a long time and are getting to the point that they no longer provide suitable habitat for these species, so a balanced approach is needed when planning future fire management activities in the landscape."

Volunteers can join the endangered animal expedition at DigiVol, a crowdsourced digitisation platform developed by the Australian Museum in collaboration with the Atlas of Living Australia.

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