Wildlife crossings are becoming increasingly common in Australia.
Road systems across the globe cause an enormous number of wildlife road mortalities and disrupt wildlife population processes. Our company has desired to ensure that our fauna (squirrel glider, sugar glider, ringtail possum and Koalas) are protected. If we do not do something about their protection in years to come, we will lose all of our native fauna.
Our company has been involved with the research of many crossings. Recently, we have been working with the Southern University Lismore and, in particular, Brendan Taylor and Ross Goldingay in the study of Koala crossings.
Brendan and Ross have been monitoring Koalas and one crucial study they have found, using collar tracking devices, are that the Koalas are frequently crossing roadways.
Our part in this study was the design and erection of various Koala crossings to see which crossing the Koalas favour. Response from Brendan during 2013 regarding the crossings:
“Unfortunately, to date, we haven’t detected koalas on any of the rope bridges. A ringtail possum crossed the ‘sausage’, and a brushtail possum crossed the ‘3-sided’ bridge. A koala photographed climbing the tree at the west end of ‘sausage’ but didn’t venture onto the bridge. The cameras (one on the end of each bridge) have been working continuously since being installed in Dec 2012. I’ve attached some photos to show you the ‘cam’ view of the bridges – they look impressive. We intend to keep the monitoring going and will let you know of any developments.