What does Spring mean to you? For koalas it is breeding season

The North Coast is home to some of the best koala habitat in NSW and North Coast Local Land Services is working hard to protect and enhance important habitat between Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour.

Asheley Goodwill, Koala Project Officer with North Coast Local Land Services, said thanks to 30 wonderful participating landholders we have been able to carry out weed control, pest animal control and revegetation services on over 400 hectares of amazing koala habitat.

“Over the coming year we will continue to improve the quality of more habitat and help landholders gain important skills to manage their property for koalas and biodiversity,” Ms Goodwill said.

Every year between September and February, koala activity increases as last year’s joeys (baby koalas) move off their mums backs and find their own home range. Also, during this time male koalas will often travel long distances looking for females. In addition to having a bigger nose than females and a scent gland on their chest, male koalas can be identified by the loud bellowing and snarling noises they make as they move through the bush at night.

The increase of movement, especially around dusk and dawn, over the spring and summer months can make koalas more vulnerable to threats including motor vehicle strike or dog attack.

Here are some ways that you can reduce your threat to koala in the breeding season but also throughout the year:

  • Drive to the speed limit and conditions; if you see a koala road sign or are driving through known koala habitat (especially but not limited to National Parks and State Forests) consider slowing down or being more aware of your surroundings. Be especially cautious around dusk and dawn when koalas are more active.
  • If you live in an area with koalas and you have a pet dog, try to bring the dog inside or keep it on the leash at night. If you have an enclosed fence, make sure there is a way a koala could escape, this could include leaving logs against the fence at intervals so that they could climb out.

If you do find a koala that is injured or disorientated, please contact your local wildlife rescue organisation:

  • Northern Rivers area - contact WIRES on 1300 094 737 or Friends of the Koala on 02 6622 1233.
  • Clarence Valley to Macksville area - contact WIRES 1300 094 737.
  • Kempsey - Port Macquarie area - contact FAWNA 02 6581 4141 or Port Macquarie Koala Hospital 02 6584 1522.

For more information about koalas in NSW visit www.koala.nsw.gov.au. And don’t forget you can always record a koala sighting, or koala call, in the I Spy Koala app that can be downloaded for Apple and Android devices.

This project is supported by Local Land Services, through funding from the Australian Governments Environment Restoration Fund.

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