- Last updated:
- 27 May 2020
A breeding population of the Vulnerable Black-breasted button-quail (Turnix melanogaster) was recently discovered on private property at Kenilworth.
Read more about the Black-breasted Button-quail.
Community Conservation Partnerships
Assists landholders by providing support for the ongoing management and protection of properties.
Read more about council's Community Conservation Partnerships.
Coxen's Fig Parrot
The endangered Coxen’s Double-eyed Fig Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma coxeni) once inhabited areas of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It is thought to only exist in four small sub populations, with fewer than 250 mature individuals remaining in total. Researchers from the Queensland Government’s Threatened Species unit are using acoustic monitors in council reserves. This is to try and detect the presence of the cryptic bird by recording their call.
Flying-Fox habitat mapping
There are two nationally significant roost sites for the threatened Grey-headed Flying-fox on the Sunshine Coast. Council partnered with QUT to improve understanding of why Flying-foxes select certain areas to roost and where potential habitats may exist across the region. This research helps council understand how to develop suitable low-conflict habitats to encourage Flying-foxes out of urban areas and reduce human-wildlife conflict. Findings were presented at the 2018 Australasian Bat Conference, with the NSW government choosing to adopt this technique to determine roost suitability across the state.
Flying-fox heat-stress autonomous response unit trial
In November 2018 a deadly heatwave killed over 23,000 Spectacled Flying-fox in Cairns. This was one-third of the national population. Council developed an autonomous system to slow or reverse symptoms of heat-stress in Flying-foxes. Weather loggers placed in affected roosts routinely record the temperature and humidity. If a roost reaches a critical threshold it will trigger, via WiFi, water misters throughout the roost.
Hollow logs and terrestrial habitat take hundreds of years to develop from mature trees falling to the ground. To speed up the process, council is creating advanced 'habitat stacks'. Salvaged tree material are used to build an artificial habitat. These are being occupied many fauna such as the Northern Brown Bandicoot (Isoodon macrourus), within 24hrs. The habitat stacks provide refuge in newly rehabilitated sites. They also speed up the fauna recruitment process by hundreds of years.
London Creek Environmental Reserve
Council purchased London Creek in 2012 using Environment Levy funding. This important parcel of land has proved vital in conserving a population of the endangered Giant Barred Frog (Mixophyes iteratus). The Giant Barred Frog is largely threatened by clearing and disturbance of riparian habitat. It is also affected by the increased division of land across their range.
Long-Nosed Potoroo discovery
Council partnered with USC to investigate the presence of Long-Nosed Potoroos (Potorous tridactylus). The study utilised motion-sensor fauna cameras and detected the rare Potoroo in council Environmental Reserves and on Land for Wildlife properties. This species is federally listed as 'vulnerable' to extinction. It is prone to predation from many introduced predators such as foxes and feral cats.
Ninox Environmental Reserve
A recent fauna survey discovered two rare species of owl and a rarely observed macropod in the Ninox Environmental Reserve.
Read more about the Ninox Environmental Reserve.
Plectranthus torrenticola is an endangered herb which is only found at a handful of sites on the Coast. While it looks like many other ground covers and common basket plants, it is incredibly rare and only found on rhyolite cliffs and outcrops. Nearly five years ago a single plant was found on a Land for Wildlife property near Mapleton. Since then other populations have been discovered in the area. Council has partnered with landholders through the Voluntary Conservation Program to protect these populations in perpetuity.
Pumicestone Passage seagrass monitoring
The Pumicestone Passage seagrass beds provide excellent fisheries nursery habitats. They are a valuable food resource to threatened species such as Green Turtles (Chelonia mydas) and Dugongs (Dugong dugon). Since 2011, council has monitored the Passage from Bells Creek to Golden Beach. There are over 240,000m² of seagrass beds in this area, consisting of Halophila ovalis, Zostera muelleri and Halophila spinulosa. It is a valuable part of the Moreton Bay Marine Park and recognised as a RAMSAR wetland.
TurtleCare citizen science program
Each summer, over 150 TurtleCare volunteers patrol the beaches to identify and record sea turtle activity. The Sunshine Coast is an important nesting area for endangered Loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta). Satellite trackers help researchers and the TurtleCare team to understand more about the long migration undertaken by the females to nest on our beaches.
Council is trialling virtual fencing on Sippy Downs Drive to reduce kangaroo incidents. Approaching headlights trigger the fence to produce a sound, and light, warning kangaroos of oncoming traffic. The Tasmanian government has trialled the fencing and reduced Tasmanian Devil mortalities by over 60%. Council is working with USC researchers to track the success of the trial.