Love is in the air for koalas
DRIVERS are being urged to take extra caution as koala activity increases with the start of mating season.
The breeding season usually runs from September to March.
This is also the time of year mothers are carrying young from the previous year.
Males are also on the move and bellowing more often.
Byron Shire Council Koala Connections is asking people to be wary when pruning near koala food trees.
These include trees like Swamp Mahogany, Tallowwood, Forest Red Gum and Grey Gum.
Koala Connections projects officer Joanne Green said koalas are known to use the same trees for feeding and also train their young to use these same trees each year.
"Just a single tree can be a major part of a koala's home range," she said.
"Koalas tend to be faithful to their home ranges and will attempt to return if moved out of them."
All local koala food trees are regarded as 'significant trees' and require approval for removal under council's Tree Preservation Order.
Removing the known habitat of threatened species also requires approval under the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.
Koala Connections has been working hard to boost the local koala habitat by planting over 22,000 food trees across 30 locations.
Ms Green said community and landowner involvement in the project has been very supportive and the tree plantings would help keep the local koalas healthy, safe and ultimately increase the population.