Express Your Interest To Undertake On Ground Works To Protect Giant Gippsland Earthworm or Warragul, Strzelecki or Narracan
Burrowing Crayfish Habitat
South Gippsland Landcare Network and the Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network, in association with the Natural Environment Program of DELWP, are funding landholders to protect the habitat of Giant Gippsland Earthworms (GGE) and three species of burrowing crayfish (Warragul, Narracan and Strzelecki).Revegetation projects provide challenges for GGE conservation as GGE colonies require sufficient soil moisture all year round to survive. A modified approach has been developed which involves planting low water usage plants such as tussock grass species.The project will involve:Selection of sites based on information provided in this expression of interestVisiting suitable sites, with GGE, Warragul, Narracan or Strzeleckiburrowing crayfish colonies identified and mapped by an expertIdentification and implementation of on ground works to protect these species (this may include fencing and planting with modified designs) and a simplemanagement plan providedDiscussion with the landholder to agree on actions and a simple management plan and agreement developed Please see checklist to determine if you think it is likely that you have any of these species on your property and are interested in becoming involved in this project.Please complete the relevant information in the online form below and submit. Thank you.Alternatively, please download a copy of this Expression Of Interest form, complete the relevant information and send to:Cassie Wright, South Gippsland Landcare Network, firstname.lastname@example.org, Telephone: 0448 739 559John Crosby, Latrobe Catchment Landcare Network, email@example.com, Telephone: 0429 803 631
The only place GGE are found in the world is approximately 40,000 ha of South and West Gippsland, Victoria.This area lies roughly between Buln Buln to the north, Jumbunna to the south, Almurta to the west, and Mt Eccles to the east. Within this range, worms are usually limited to small, widely dispersed pockets of suitable habitat along creek banks or south facing slopes.
The Narracan Burrowing Crayfish is found over an area of approximately 30 x 20 km to the north and west of the Eastern Strzelecki Ranges.The range includes as far west as Strzelecki-Ferndale to the Little Morwell River at Darlimurla in the south east. It is also found in Sunny Creek catchments just south of Traralgon. Their habitat occurs in altitudes over 120 m.
The Warragul Burrowing Crayfish habitat differs between Labertouche and the Drouin-Warragul area. At Labertouche, they can be found along the clayey creek banks of Labertouche and Wattle Creek surrounded by remnant Swampy Woodland. This area is known as the Janet Clark Reserve and is formally protected for its biodiversity values including Warragul Burrowing Crayfish.In Drouin and Warragul, their typical habitat occurs in clay dominated soils in open pastures within:•Banks of creeks and shallow drainage lines•Floodplains•Occasionally low lying roadside reserves/naturestrips.