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Hard yakka digging pitfall holes at Edgbaston Reserve

Last week I was tasked with setting up of a series of permanent fauna and flora monitoring sites at Bush Heritage’s Edgbaston Reserve. When asked to do it I couldn’t help but suppress a groan. Don’t get me wrong, monitoring is essential – otherwise how would you know if your conservation management strategies are working? But the tiresome aspect of… Read more »

Gambusias & rain – tracking the enemy at Edgbaston

Rain events and flooding at Edgbaston Reserve allow many species to move between the springs. Unfortunately this is how the small feral pest fish Gambusia (Gambusia hollbrooki) invades precious Red-finned Blue-eye habitat. Freshwater Ecologist Rob Wager and volunteer ecologist Christina Kindermann were fortunate to be able to monitor a rainfall event and the dispersal of Gambusia. Read more »

The first new-style gambusia exclusion fence installed at Edgbaston Reserve

The Red-fin Blue-eye and Edgbaston Goby are endangered fish found only in a few artesian springs on Edgbaston Reserve in central Queensland. They're threatened by the invasive Gambusia fish. To protect the blue-eyes and gobies, in May 2016 five volunteers helped Bush Heritage contractor David (Cujo) Coulton and Bush Heritage freshwater ecologist Rob Wager to install the… Read more »

Fencing for conservation at Edgbaston Reserve

Exclusion fencing has become a modern land management technique. In a farming context it's done to achieve better production. Property owners or groups of property owners (called a cluster) build fences around their properties to exclude animals such as Dingoes and Kangaroos. In a conservation context it's done to exclude cats and foxes and to let native birds and mammals thrive. But how can this idea be… Read more »

Reptile encounters at Edgbaston Reserve

Edgbaston Reserve is known for its endangered fish, plants and snails living in the artesian springs. It's also home to a variety of reptiles that make you stop what you're doing until they've moved along. In my recent visits to Edgbaston as a volunteer, I've had a couple of encounters with some pretty cool reptiles. As a kid I was always told, “they are more… Read more »

Swags, snails and sunrises for the UQ iROOS

In this post, University of Queensland student, John McLaughlin, shares some of the highlights of a recent iROOS trip to Edgbaston Reserve and explains why it's so important to leave the lecture theatre behind for a while and head bush to experience "real life" conservation work. The autumn of 2016 saw a dozen young conservationists renounce their Brisbane comfort for a taste of the outback. Prominent… Read more »

University of Qld students are reserve-bound

The iROOS are a group of motivated UQ undergraduates who spend their uni holidays volunteering to gain practical skills and experience to complement their studies in environmental, ecological and zoological sciences. Not satisfied to just catch and count critters, the students also help with fencing, weed control and erosion mitigation works in an effort to broaden their skillsets and develop an applied understanding of conservation land management. What’s… Read more »

Fish-eye view of life in Edgbaston Springs

The springs at Edgbaston are so shallow that Freshwater Ecologist, Rob Wager, didn’t think there was much chance of successfully filming the endangered Rred-finned Blue-eye and Edgbaston Goby. Most underwater cameras are just too large for the shallow water in which red-finned blue-eyes live. But with a new generation rugged sports camera buried into the mud and vegetation, and the lens just poking out… Read more »

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