Sugar gliders will help us protect our disappearing wildlife corridors
The Banyule Sugar Glider Project Launch
Come to the launch of the Banyule Sugar Glider project.
The event is free, but places are limited so please book on the button below
Lower Plenty Primary School
Corner Prosperity Rd & Main Rd, Lower Plenty
Saturday August 24th 4-6pm
Sugar gliders will help us protect our disappearing wildlife corridors. We have two Sugar glider projects, that entail installing Sugar Glider nesting boxes in the Plenty River East area, Banyule.
Banyules wildlife corridors are critical for our native fauna to survive and thrive, yet due to urban pressures many are disappearing unnoticed. Sugar gliders are a keystone species that will help us map our remaining wildlife corridors. This project records glider occupancy in specially designed, strategically placed nesting boxes. The boxes will be made by the Eltham men’s shed and professionally installed in reserves, schools and gardens.
Trained residents perhaps yourself, will check their occupancy regularly and document the findings. Findings will inform a corridor strategy for the Banyule area that Banyule Council and conservation groups can use to protect, maintain and enhance corridors.
This project invites residents to become stewards for wild life. Not only can you join a monitoring group you could host a 'nest box' tree home for gliders in your garden. There are 300 new nest boxes to be placed. Imagine seeing sugar gilders emerge from their home at dusk, gilding past you to their supper.
If interested in knowing more about becoming a steward for wildlife email firstname.lastname@example.org
The project will discover protect and enhance the wildlife corridors on the Eastern side of the Plenty River known as the Vegetation Protection Overlay 1. by using sugar gliders choice of 300 strategically nesting boxes to be placed on public and private land. The boxes are being made through a partnership with the local Men’s shed. A smaller pilot project had been running in Montmorency for 6 years prior however the PMP has led us to undertake a more ambitious project that extends to all the suburbs in the VPO1. The Banyule Sugar Glider Project BSGP was one of the 237 projects across the state to win a Pick My Project Community Grant in 2019.
The Monty Sugar Glider Project arose out of a Montmorency residents desire to have small native birds and frogs in her garden. Six years later no birds, some frogs but more importantly an understanding that just as people require pathways to access our needs such as food and shelter, so do our wildlife.
This has led to the formation of the Monty Biodiversity Group and a commitment to protect the rapidly diminishing wildlife corridors in our suburb. We are working with our sugar gliders choice of strategically placed nesting boxes on public and private land to locate the corridors. A habitat corridors strategy will be created by ABZECO and made available to Council and other interested parties.
Vegetation Protection Overlay (VPO1)
This map shows two of the different planning overlays in Banyule
Triggers for permit requirement for the VPO1 is trees over 5 metre high and 50cm trunk circumference one meter above ground level.
For more information about trees and vegetation protection in Banyule see www.banyule.vic.gov.au