Upper catchment logging threatens quoll habitat

The endangered spotted-tailed quoll is distinguished from other quolls by its large size and spotted tail, once a common site along the east coast of Australia this landscape species has seen dramatic declines in recent times to the point where it is now listed as endangered under Commonwealth, NSW and QLD legislation.

The quoll requires significant areas of high-quality habitat that must include a large prey base and well-connected forest. Ecosure ecologists Jennifer Young and Nigel Cotsell have been camera trapping in and around Scotchman and Roses Creek State forests in northern NSW. The forested catchment area contributes to supplying the Bellingen community with clean water, protects soil and acts as an important carbon store.

The information has been added to a community driven citizen science initiative to prevent the headwaters of the Upper Kalang system from being logged by NSW Forest Corporation. ‘We’ve been able to camera trap a number of threatened species including the quoll, long-nosed potoroo and koala recognising the extraordinary ecological value of these native forests.’

Ecosure’s Nigel and Jennifer have captured some amazing spotted-tailed quoll and koala footage, to watch click on the links below.

https://youtu.be/cabL27o8T6A

https://youtu.be/Em-ri0y-hpg

For more information contact Nigel Cotsell, Manager, Coffs Harbour and Senior Ecologist, Ecosure, on email: ncotsell@ecosure.com.au