A welcome capture, band and release of a Plains Wanderer, at one of the Terrick Terrick National Park grassland reserves.
Despite recent misinformation in the Weekly Times a policy of strategic grazing management of the Terrick Terrick National Park grassland has been an ongoing practice, since the acquisition of the Miss Davis property, almost two decades ago. Like many properties across the plains, growth has exceeded stock availability over the last two years, and more flexible management is required.
Following two years of flooding survey results indicate Plains Wanderer numbers have plummeted across northern Victoria, and the southern Riverina. Plains Wanderers are particularly vulnerable as their habitat comprises specifically native grassland, ideally no more than 150 mm in height. Less than 5% of this original native grassland ecosystem now remains, and most of that has a limited plant species range, due to a past cropping history.
Plains Wanderer survival depends on a diverse range of native grassland reserves, grazed to maintain an optimum plant density and height, and free from the threat of cultivation and herbicide spraying.