Local 2 Landscape
Glideways in the Melbourne Ark
Glideways in the Melbourne Ark is a comprehensive program to restore and reconnect glider habitat from Ballarat to Seymour. With Melbourne's population predicted to double by 2031, this work is truly urgent.
Glideways is providing local communities with the know-how to protect and conserve gliders in their regions. It answers questions like
where are Gliders and what are their needs?
what is the best habitat for gliders?
what is more effective, installing nestboxes or managing feral foxes? Or something else?
we want to help, but with so many options where do we start? We are volunteers with jobs, families and responsibilities. Is there someone whose working day is dedicated to supporting us?
By looking after the needs of gliders we are also helping other species such as koalas, phascogales and the endangered swift parrot.
In 3 years local communities will have the knowledge of populations, habitat and where to best to work to restore and reconnect habitat, as well as the best actions to take at particular locations. Restoration programs will be underway.
In 5 years, substantial glider protection, habitat enhancement and restoration projects will be funded and underway. Restoration programs will be significantly scaled up.
By 10 years sufficient glider habitat will be protected, improved and connected so that glider populations are healthy and robust, with populations able to move between patches to escape wildfire, interbreed and seek alternative food resources.
Glideways in the Melbourne Ark Local to Landscape (L2L) projects
Strathbogie Ranges - Glideways L2L
Building on recent community-driven Glider species surveys in the Strathbogie Ranges and Strath Creek areas, Biolinks Alliance is working with the Strathbogies Ranges Conservation Management Network to develop broadly-owned conservation and connectivity action plans for glider recovery actions; (a) Continue/expand citizen science survey projects (b) habitat condition/suitability assessment (c) connectivity analysis (d) Action Planning workshops with local stakeholders that focus identifying the best management actions and strategies to protect key populations, recover habitat in poor condition and link important habitat.
Broadford - Glenoura Glideways L2L
Expanding the regions existing Phascogale conservation programs (survey, habitat protection and connection) in the Mount Piper region through working with the Southwest Goulburn Landcare Network taking into account known Phascogale and Glider populations (a) Citizen science survey - designed to engage the region’s growing tree-changer demographic (b) habitat condition/suitability assessment (c) connectivity analysis (d) Action Planning workshops with local stakeholders that focus identifying the best management actions and strategies to protect key populations, recover habitat in poor condition and link important habitat.