Squirrel Glider Local Area Management Plan
The purpose of Burrumbuttock Squirrel Glider Local Area Management Plan (LAMP) is to secure viable populations of squirrel gliders in the Murray catchment through community action. A LAMP is essentially a map that shows what on-ground work needs to be done in the area to ensure the viability of the local squirrel glider population.
The LAMP process uses the local community to help steer the planning and implementation of threatened species conservation. The local community is involved throughout the process and they help determine the extent of on-ground works that can be implemented to support local populations of threatened species. Ultimately, the process devolves responsibility for implementing and managing the LAMP to the community.
The community of Burrumbuttock was chosen for a LAMP as it contains the threatened and iconic squirrel glider, significant habitat change had occurred in the area (placing the local squirrel gliders at risk of extinction), there was a long history of the community undertaking works to benefit squirrel gliders, and the community had identified Burrumbuttock as a priority site for squirrel glider conservation.
The Squirrel Glider LAMP project is a partnership between Petaurus Education Group Inc., Murray Local Land Services, the Office of Environment and Heritage, Greater Hume Shire, West Hume Landcare, Wirraminna Environmental Education Centre and Burrumbuttock landholders. The project is funded by the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme and Catchment Action NSW.
Squirrel Gliders (Petaurus norfolcensis) are a mid-sized possum reliant on tree hollows for shelter and nesting. Habitat fragmentation has contributed to their decline in the Murray region and subsequent listing as a threatened species.
Large gaps between trees and patches of vegetation affect the movement of gliders across the landscape, interrupting their breeding and feeding activities.
Squirrel Gliders may be mistaken for the Sugar Glider (Petaurus beviceps). However, Squirrel Gliders are larger and have a much bushier tail and whiter belly. Squirrel Gliders are more common in the Burrumbuttock area.
This project will focus on:
- Continuing to roll-out the on-ground works program by engaging one-on-one with Burrumbuttock landholders in target areas.
- Fencing and revegetation to increase habitat and connections across the landscape
- Replacing barbed wire with plain wire in high risk areas where squirrel gliders can easily get tangled and perish.
- Installing nest boxes in habitat where trees are less than 150 years old and lack suitable hollows.
- Planting individual trees with large wire mesh stock-proof tree guards to create “stepping stones” between large old trees and habitat patches that are too far apart for gliders to safely move between.
The project’s key achievements so far, include:
- Engaging 24 Burrumbuttock landholders who are all supporting squirrel glider conservation on their properties.
- Extensive fencing and revegetation to increase the size and quality of squirrel glider habitat, and the number of connections between habitat.
- The installation of 270 stock-proof tree guards to fill gaps between paddock trees and remnant vegetation patches, enabling gliders to move safely and avoid coming to the ground.
- Over 80 ha of revegetation and enhancement of squirrel glider habitat.
- Habitat assessments and squirrel glider surveys to quantify the current size of the Burrumbuttock squirrel glider population.
- The establishment of a strong steering committee that guides decision-making.
The newly-revised Squirrel Glider Habitat Management Guide is also available from the project team (see contact details below).
Have you seen a squirrel glider?
As part of the planning process for the project we are keen to collate information from landholders about squirrel glider sightings regardless of whether it was a recent sighting or from a number of years ago.
Squirrel gliders often live on private land, so the assistance of landholders is very important to help us to understand their distribution.
Download and complete a squirrel glider survey form. The data we collect from this form will help guide us in planning targeted works.
LAMP Post Newsletter
The LAMP Post newsletter provides updates on the Burrumbuttock Squirrel Glider LAMP project. Please contact one of the project team (see contact details below) if you would like to:
- sign-up to the the newsletter
- contribute to the newsletter, or
- have questions about the Squirrel Glider LAMP project.
- LAMP Post Newsletter December 2014
- LAMP Post Newsletter December 2015
- LAMP Post Newsletter August 2016
- LAMP Post Newsletter March 2017
- LAMP Post Newsletter August 2017
- LAMP Post Newsletter December 2017
The Squirrel Glider LAMP Poster gives an overview of the project and among other things outlines the steps involved, the progress so far and where to next for this threatened species.
Squirrel Glider Habitat Management Guide
Squirrel Glider Habitat Management Guide has also been prepared to provide practical information on the habitat requirements and management actions needed to conserve Squirrel Gliders. It contains general information on gliders as well as detailed information on their habitat needs for shelter, food and breeding.
Squirrel Gliders: Gliding to a Better Future
This is an interactive multi-touch book AVAILABLE ON iBOOKS that looks at the ecology of Squirrel gliders, threats to their survival and the conservation efforts being employed to protect them. It is a compilation of the work prepared by students as part of a 2014 Creative Catchment Kids program (see below), as well as additional content provided through the LAMP project.
Student Created Books
Albury-based high school students developed the following books in 2014 as part of the Creative Catchment Kids program. The books allow readers to understand more about our cute little marsupial locals.
- Gliding Towards a Better Future by Murray High School
- A Glider’s Tale by James Fallon High School
- Squirrel Gliders by Trinity College, Albury
In 2016, students from Burrumbuttock Public School chronicled the involvement of local landholders involved in the Squirrel Glider LAMP project. This book celebrates landholder contributions to Squirrel Glider conservation in the Burrumbuttock area.