South Gippsland Landcare Network (SGLN) is working with neighbouring Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network (LCLN) and the Natural Environment Program of DELWP on a project to protect Giant Gippsland Earthworms and three species of burrowing crayfish (Warragul, Strzelecki, and Narracan).
We have a wonderful resource available in the following two websites, which have recently been updated. They are full of interesting photos, facts and videos of these cryptic animals (and there’s even a David Attenborough video!).
If you are wondering whether you might have these species on your property, have a look at the Expression of interest form which is available on both websites. By answering the questions and referring to the map you can see whether your property may provide suitable habitat. If it does, you can complete the form online and we will get in touch to chat about it further.
Suitable properties will have a site visit from Dr Beverly Van Praagh, and landowners will receive advice on how to manage the area around the colonies. If on-ground works (such as fencing to prevent cattle pugging and disturbing the earthworms) is required SGLN have funds available to help protect these species.
For more information, please contact Cassie from SGLN at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0448 739 559.
This project was funded with the support of the Victorian Government.
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