Many of the Wimmera CMA region’s 440 native fauna species have been placed under severe stress as a result of major landscape changes since European settlement.
Examples of rare, threatened or endangered species in the Wimmera include:
Striped Legless Lizard
Blue Smoky Mouse
These species are part of the character of the Wimmera and it is important to look after the environment that they live within to prevent their further decline. What is the Wimmera CMA doing in relation to protecting and managing Native Fauna?
For most threatened species, the body of knowledge to guide conservation is limited. Because of this and the limited resources available for management, Wimmera CMA takes a broader focus in that most effort is directed at protecting and improving the overall health of the environment and the native vegetation or habitat that these species live within.
However, Wimmera CMA does provide support for a number of projects throughout the Wimmera that are aimed at improving the viability of particular threatened fauna species. A number of these projects extend into other CMA regions and interstate and involve other organisations such as the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment and the South Australian South-East Natural Resource Management Board.
Some of the native animals Wimmera CMA provides support for include:
Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo, Heath mouse, Triped Legless Lizard, and Golden Sun Moth.