Leadbeater's Possum Projects - Hollow Development
Accelerating hollow development for Leadbeater’s Possum habitat
VicForests is researching ways to speed up the creation of Leadbeater’s Possum habitat in order to support its recovery.
VicForests and the Arthur Rylah Institute (ARI) are undertaking a unique study to investigate whether artificially created hollows can provide nesting sites for Leadbeater’s Possum.
Seventy-two hollows have been created across 18 sites in areas known to be occupied by the Possum.
Excitingly, the first round of monitoring found 11 of these hollows were either occupied by Leadbeater’s Possums or contained evidence of nests at different stages of development after only a few months.
Monitoring will continue over the next 12 months with the hope that more hollows across more sites are being utilised by the Leadbeater’s Possum.
VicForests, in collaboration with the University of Melbourne and Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), have received funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to look at the best ways to grow trees so they develop hollows suitable for Leadbeater’s Possum in the future.
This research will help identify any modifications that need to be made to forest management practices to be able to assist with the long-term survival of the Leadbeater’s Possum and its habitat.