What is living on your land?

Have you ever wondered what wildlife gets up to on your property? The National Parks Association of NSW is helping private landholders answer the question “Who’s living on my land?” using infrared cameras. 

Landholders from the Robertson region are invited to attend a free workshop at Robertson Community Centre on April 27 to learn how to use and then borrow infrared cameras.

They have an opportunity to become a citizen scientist for two weeks and put up an infrared camera on their property.

The cameras work by detecting heat in motion; they are triggered to take a photograph whenever a warm-blooded animal walks in front of them and works both day and night. They are a great new tool used to survey animals because they are non-intrusive and can be easily used.

NPA citizen science officer Margot Law said people participating in the ‘Who’s living on my land?’ wildlife survey were sometimes in for a surprise. “We have had landholders discover koalas, spotted-tailed quolls and deer that they didn’t know were there. It’s hard to conserve a species or create a pest management plan if you don’t know what’s there,” she said.

“We hope participants can use the information to change some of their land management practices – whether it is signing up to programs like ‘Land for Wildlife’ or initiating their own monitoring program.” The workshop will be held from 9am-12.30pm with lunch and morning tea provided. RSVP: whoslivingonmyland.org/robertson/ or call 02 9299 0000.