“WHO’S LIVING ON MY LAND?” Citizen Science Project

Illawarra region

Common Wombat

The “Who’s Living on My Land?” project is run by the National Parks Association of NSW (NPA NSW), a not-for-profit and non-government conservation organisation and a lead partner of the Great Eastern Ranges initiative. The project is supported by a grant from the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, through funding from the NSW Environmental Trust. One of the main objectives of our project is to engage landholders to use infrared motion detection cameras to document the presence/absence of native and pest animal species on their land. A non-toxic lure (made up of peanut butter, rolled oats with a small amount of honey and fish sauce) is used to attract the animal species to the camera site. The lure is encased in a plastic PVC pipe cap and secured to the ground with tent pegs.

So how does this all work?

At our workshop, we will provide you with an infrared camera (given there are enough available, if not we will put you on a waiting list), the first set of batteries, the necessary materials to set up the lure station (e.g. lure, tent pegs, PVC pipe cap) along with instructions and data sheets to start your survey today. You will then set up the camera and leave it operating continuously for a period of 14 days. Upon completion, the camera is mailed back to us where all the images will be thoroughly checked and identified. Finally, you will receive feedback and results of your survey efforts giving you a first-hand insight of what is living on your land!


Swamp Wallaby

NPA will be teaming up with Landcare Illawarra, Conservation Volunteers and South East Local Land Services to deliver an Illawarra ‘Who’s living on my land?’ workshop. All private landholders who are interested in monitoring what fauna is living on their land are welcome to attend this free workshop.

When: Thursday November 6th, 10.00 am – 12.00 pm

Where: TAFE Illawarra Yallah Campus – exact location details will be provided upon registration.

RSVP: To Megan Rowlatt on communitysupport@conservationvolunteers.com.au or phone 4229 7526 by November 4th

Morning tea will be provided.