Ecological Society of Australia

Removal of critical rock habitat threatens biodiversity

In a recent article for the Ecological Society of Australia, Dr Damian Michael (Charles Sturt University) explains that:

  • Exposures of bedrock in production landscapes represent a distinct habitat of high conservation significance.
  • Over 200 threatened Australian plants and animals are dependent on rocky environments.
  • A recent resurgence in the broad-scale removal of surface rock from agricultural landscapes will exacerbate biodiversity loss.
  • There is urgent need to map small-scale rock formations, produce detailed species inventories and develop guidelines to prevent the removal of critical rock habitat in production landscapes.

The pink-tailed worm-lizard is dependent on paddock rocks for its habitat. We are managing a $1m project to protect these tiny lizards. This 6-year project, which is jointly funded by Googong Township and the NSW Government Saving Our Species Fund, will support an extensive conservation program. Read more about our project here...

Read more about the removal of critical rock habitat and loss of biodiversity on the website of the Ecological Society of Australia.

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