Wildlife sign appears to be lowering road kill numbers
A WILDLIFE sign erected on Left Bank road appears to be contributing to a reduction in road kill, Byron Shire Council have said.
Monitoring of a 1.5 kilometre stretch of Left Bank Road has shown that wildlife road kill has reduced from 37 animals in 2010 down to 11 animals in 2014.
Roadkill is counted by local residents and the signs show a tally of wildlife deaths throughout the year, and is updated by Council.
Local resident Jane Wickers said residents in Tristran Parade, Mullumbimby have long been concerned about the number of wildlife deaths occurring on Left bank Rd.
"We are trying to create more habitat for wildlife in our neighbourhood and watching animals being regularly run over was very distressing," Ms Wickers said.
"Residents together with Council initiated a project to encourage drivers to slow down by displaying a running tally of wildlife deaths."
"It has been so exciting to watch the change in driver behaviour and see a large reduction in wildlife deaths."
While road kill numbers are decreasing, the overall results paint a concerning picture with a total of 118 individuals including 33 different species being killed along the 1.5km section of road since 2010.
Bandicoots, Swamp Hens and Water Dragons were the most common casualties but a number of different snakes, possums, ducks, and birds were also killed. Roadkill occurred throughout the year but often increased in spring and early summer.
Council's natural environment team leader, Angus Underwood, said the project is a great example of the community and Council working together to achieve common goals.
"The involvement of the local residents has been invaluable and has enabled the unique style of dynamic signage to be used," Mr Underwood said.
The signs were an initiative of the Left Bank Road Sustainable Streets group and Byron Shire Council and were installed following the Sustainable Street program which ran in 2010.
Council reminds motorist to slow down, drive safe and look out for wildlife.