Eyes on the ground at Boolcoomatta

Published 12 Jan 2016 
about  Boolcoomatta Reserve  
Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii).<br/> Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii).
Map, note book, binoculars and cameras.<br/> Map, note book, binoculars and cameras.
Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).<br/> Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).
Sleepy Lizard (Shingleback, Tiliqua rugosa).<br/> Sleepy Lizard (Shingleback, Tiliqua rugosa).
Karen Harrland installing camera.<br/> Karen Harrland installing camera.

Four times a year at Boolcoomatta, 20 motion sensor cameras are installed in established locations around the reserve (see the camera location and landsystem map 3mb) to monitor the presence and absence of all fauna that passes on established tracks.

The images obtained through these cameras help inform our management, particularly in terms of the movement of introduced species.

Cats and a few pigs have been caught on the cameras in the past and management actions have been put into place to reduce their impacts on the natural values of the reserve.

Yesterday in the first hour of installing the cameras for the first time for 2016, I was fortunate to come across three of the larger reptiles we have at Boolcoomatta – the Sand Monitor (Varanus gouldii), eastern bearded dragon (Pogona barbata) and a large shingleback (Trachydosaurus rugosus).

Each in their own way reminded me of the age of this land, of the resilience of some species, and of the protection Bush Heritage provides them.

All of this would not be possible without our supporters, in this case the Letcombe Family Trust from Adelaide. Thank you.

Map, note book, binoculars and cameras.<br/> Map, note book, binoculars and cameras.
Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).<br/> Central Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps).
Sleepy Lizard (Shingleback, Tiliqua rugosa).<br/> Sleepy Lizard (Shingleback, Tiliqua rugosa).
Karen Harrland installing camera.<br/> Karen Harrland installing camera.