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Stony Rises

Stonyford, Victoria
Eastern Maar Country
400 hectares
Habitat Managed
Stony Rise Woodland interspersed with rocky outcrops and ephemeral wetlands
Habitat Type
Koala, Spot-tailed Quoll, Southern Bent-wing Bat, Australasian Bittern
Target Species

Carbon Landscapes is working in partnership with Eastern Maar, Odonata, and the Stony Rises Land Management Network, to eradicate introduced predators, establish predator-proof fencing, and protect and enhance the property’s nationally listed ephemeral wetlands and threatened Stony Rise Woodland. We will also be working with our partners to reintroduce fauna species such as the Spotted-tail Quoll, Long-nosed Potoroo and Koala.

Threatened Species

The Spotted-tail Quoll is Australia’s largest mainland marsupial predator being roughly the size of a large cat. It feeds on small mammals, frogs and reptiles. It prefers habitat that has dense understory with high amounts of logs and rocky escarpments, the latter which it uses for breeding. The Quoll was once commonly seen in the Stony Rises and surrounding district, today records are restricted to a few sightings in the nearby Otway Ranges. Other priority threatened species include the Southern Bent-wing Bat, Australasian Bittern and Koala.

What needs to be done?
  • Work in partnership with Eastern Maar to explore opportunities to develop and implement joint projects to improve Country
  • Continue to protect and enhance existing habitat for resident and future native fauna species
  • Initiate a bat survey program to determine if the critically endangered Southern Bent-wing Bat (Miniopterus schreibersii bassanii) is present on the property, in partnership with Water Technology
  • Install acoustic monitors at key sites to determine if populations of the endangered Australian Bittern (Botaurus poiciloptilus) are present
  • Establish a feral deer control program in partnership with neighbouring properties
What are we doing?
  • Provided adequate fencing around property to ensure neighbouring stock cannot have access to the property
  • Removed existing blackberry and other environmental weed populations
  • Reinstated hydrological regimes to ensure existing wetlands have adequate water
  • Undertaken a floristic survey of the property to understand how to best manage the property’s vegetation
  • Installed camera traps and initiated eDNA surveys to start benchmarking the presence of native fauna species on the property
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