Local flora and fauna conservation projects

November 24, 2011

Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Corridor

The beautiful Richmond Birdwing Butterfly is a Coolum Native but the caterpillars’ only food plant called the Pararistolochia or Butterfly Vine is fast disappearing with the loss of bushlands. We are encouraging Coolum residents, neighbourhoods, schools and parks to purchase, plant the vine (available at the Coolum Community Native Nursery) and let Coolum and North Shore Coast Care know the location so that we have a continual corridor for butterfly reproduction.

For more information see the Richmond Birdwing Conservation Network website or for local information contact  Jan (07) 54739768

Pandanus Monitoring

Pandanus dieback is caused by an infestation of flatid (Jamella australiae). The flatid feeds on the tree’s sap and as such produces a sticky by-product that encourages mould growth. The mould growth results in leaves dropping and the trunk and branches showing signs of stress at the tree’s growing points and eventually the death of the entire tree. Management approaches to address the dieback of Pandanus (Pandanus tectorius) focus on mapping and monitoring of populations and, if necessary, treatment. A change in direction focuses on maintaining population of the parasitic wasp to control levels of the flatid populations. In the past, teams of CaNSCC volunteers and Council Officers mapped and monitored Pandanus populations and evidence of the wasps’ activity in accessible sections of the coast from Stumers Creek to Maroochy River in March and November each year but this is not currently undertaken.

Fox monitoring and control

In 2007, the CaNSCC Turtle Monitoring and Action Group considered that turtle nest predation by foxes was a real and emerging threat. After being successful in gaining a funding grant, the group convened a meeting in Nambour between the agencies engaged in fox control at the time:  Queensland DPI, EPA/QPWS and the then Sunshine Coast Regional Council.

The meeting was the forerunner of a multi-agency control program, particularly across the northern part of the Sunshine Coast. This coincided with a research program conducted by Council in the coastal area between Maroochydore and Caloundra.

In 2011, as part of the CaNSCC ‘Turtles on Trouble’ project, a contractor was engaged to locate fox dens from Sunshine Beach to the Maroochy River on Council-controlled land. Later this mapping program was continued by QPWS in national parks east of the Sunshine Motorway. This data allowed QPWS to compile detailed maps that show 300 known den locations.

In late 2014, Sunshine Coast Council announced a ‘Coastal Fox Control’ program that sought community consultation and support in reducing the threat that foxes pose to turtle nests and more generally to ground-dwelling fauna of the coast strip. This program requests the community to report known dens and then later in the year, to ‘adopt a den’ by periodic monitoring of den activity. This will enable authorities to conduct more effective abatement action.

CaNSCC is a collaborator in this project. If you would like to be involved, or obtain more information, please contact Sunshine Coast Council on 1300 007 272, or contact CaNSCC on info@coolumcoastcare.org.au.

The latest Queensland Government Factsheet can be downloaded here.

Faunawatch Surveys

2011 – In 2011 we commissioned Faunawatch to undertake a survey of fauna found in the bushland on the dunes between Tanah Street East and Birrahl Park Yaroomba.

The survey report can be accessed here.

2012 – In 2012 we commissioned Faunawatch to undertake two surveys of bushland on the dunes:

The Mudjimba-Marcoola report can be found here.

The Stumers Creek to Lions Park, Coolum Beach report can be found here.