Covering the Goulburn and Murray valleys

Landcare survey prompts benefits for gliders

Rochester Racecourse Recreation Reserve will plant appropriate shelter trees after squirrel gliders were found in the vicinity.

ELAINE COONEY June 10, 2014 3:20am

Rochester Racecourse Recreation Reserve members Don Thompson and Naida Belot, Strathallan Landcare members John and Veronica Groat, Rochester library staff member Diane Hansen, Gordon and Barb Stanton.

A project outlining the district’s rich wildlife is available to view at the Rochester Library.

The Strathallan Family Landcare group handed over the project it had been compiling for the past few months.

Night surveys showed the presence of squirrel gliders at four sites near the Campaspe River.

Last month a squirrel glider and sugar glider were spotted at the Campaspe Golf Club by the research team.

One was caught on camerawhich is in the bookand another was found dead near the golf club.

Strathallan Landcare president Veronica Groat said the vegetation at the golf club was the type squirrel gliders ate, but there was a shortage of hollowed trees where they like to rest.

Rochester Racecourse Recreation Reserve president Naida Belot said the club was looking into planting flowering gumtrees which would create a good habitat for the gliders.

‘‘We are going to get rid of the sheoaks and replace them with new plantings,’’ she said.

The landcare group said wattle also attracted squirrel gliders.

Barb Stanton, who lives near Rochester on the Northern Highway, was delighted by the wildlife finds at her property.

‘‘I was just blown away they found barn owls,’’ she said.

‘‘I had not seen barn owls out here for some time and they found five one night by the river.’’

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