About the Project
Avocet Nature Reserve is a 1200-hectare property in Queensland’s Brigalow Belt, 270 kilometres west of Rockhampton. Owner Hugo Spooner maintains habitat integrity by limiting cattle numbers and seasonally rotating stock through sections of the reserve. It supports a range of native mammals, such as Eastern Grey Kangaroo, Rufous Bettong, Sugar Glider, Koala and Short-beaked Echidna, as well as over 140 bird species.
Avocet is also home to a population of Bridled Nailtail Wallabies (or Flashjacks) that have been released there since 2003 from a captive-breeding program. This critically-endangered species was thought to be extinct until its rediscovery in 1973 on a cattle station in the region, an area now protected as Taunton NP. Around 100 Flashjacks are now living on Avocet, and the population is breeding successfully. Wild Mob is delighted to be working with Hugo, the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection and the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby Trust in endeavouring to secure the long-term survival of this species.
To learn more about the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby click here.
Volunteers at Avocet will be involved in a range of conservation activities, including monitoring of feral animals using sand traps and infrared cameras, Flashjack trapping and monitoring exercises and general reserve maintenance.
Upcoming University Projects
- 18th - 26th July 2013 (UNSW)
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Detailed Project Description
For a full description of the project, click here to download a PDF: Avocet Project Description.