Wetlands trap cane toads, pigs

TRAPS for cane toads and feral pigs will be set in the Bungawalbin wetlands, west of Woodburn, as part of a new plan to protect the important conservation area.

It is a move which has been supported by landowners.

Three major property owners have signed voluntary land management agreements to protect and restore wetland habitats on their land.

Under the formal agreements, more than 60 hectares of riparian habitat and floodplain forest will be preserved.

The area is home to threatened animals such as black-necked storks, giant barred frogs and koalas.

The project has been funded by the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority and delivered by WetlandCare Australia.

WetlandCare Australia project officer, Garry Owers, said the commitment of landowners was an important step in the protection of the Bungawalbin wetlands.

“The project will protect wetland habitats in the area for many years to come, providing a safe and healthy home for the numerous native plants and animals that live in them,” he said.

“A lot of people don’t know about this pristine area – this is the best sub-catchment in the Richmond catchment. We’re seeing benefits already.

“There are quite a lot of feral pigs and they cause a lot of damage.

“Through their involvement in the project, landholders will gain an awareness of conservation issues and learn skills in the management of precious wetland habitats.”

Mr Owers said the Bungawalbin sub-catchment, between Coraki and Whiporie, contained significant areas of wetlands with high conservation value.

  • Construction of more than 2km of fencing to protect sensitive riparian areas;
  • Fencing off more than 4km of Bungawalbin Creek to reduce the impacts of livestock grazing;
  • Targeting invasive land and aquatic weeds, which choke waterways and reduce water quality;
  • Pig and cane toad trapping to reduce the environmental damage caused by these pests.

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