PhD study begins in earnest at Charles Darwin Reserve - Feral cats watch out!

on 27 Sep 2012 

Tim Doherty PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University has commenced field work at CDR this week. Tims PhD is titled 'Feral cats in a semi-arid environment: can vegetation structure and control methods mediate the impact of introduced predators on native fauna. I

CDR has been actively managing foxes and wild dogs with a intensive 1080 baiting program over the past 5 years. This PhD represents a great opportunity to fine tune our approach to predator management. This work will have a direct impact on our future works planning. It is also expected this work will inform regional conservation planning initiatives and inform how we work with neighboring landholders on co-ordinated pest management activities.

Some pictures are attached of Tim and his helpers setting up some fauna monitoring sites. There is now 47 motion cameras set up around CDR in strategic locations. Looking forward to some interesting information about what is roaming about and in what numbers.

A three week earthwatch trip commences on the 6th of October 2012 and will assist in the initial monitoring of pitfall traps and bird counts.

If you would like a copy of Tims project  proposal feel free to contact me - Cheers Luke