Hunter Local Land Services prioritises endangered species, and roles they play, in the Upper Hunter

HUNTER Local Land Services (LLS) has released a series of brochures about threatened species living in the region.

The idea is to help build community awareness about these priority endangered species, and the roles they play in maintaining biodiversity and habitats.

The new brochures are on the Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Eastern Curlew, Australasian Bittern - which are all priority species under the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

Additional factsheets have also been developed for Brush Tailed Rock Wallaby, Spotted Tail Quoll, Manning River Helmeted Turtle and koala.

Natural resource management team leader Lyndel Wilson said the brochures were helpful guides on how to identify and support local threatened species.

"We worked in partnership with the Office of Environment and Heritage, Landcare Networks, and Birdlife Australia among other local groups to ensure we covered important facts, such as species biology and regional sightings, as well as threats to their existence," she explained.

"Hunter Local Land Services has been funded as a provider under the Australian Government's National Landcare Program to deliver key projects to protect and restore habitats for these species over the next five years.

"We want to work with interested landholders to enhance local landscapes and provide strong futures for these species in target areas of the Hunter and Mid Coast."

From 2018 to 2023, Hunter Local Land Services will deliver six projects focusing on threatened Box Gum Grassy Woodlands (White-Box Yellow-Box Blakelys Red Gum and Derived Grassy Woodlands), Central Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forests, Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot, Eastern Curlew, Australasian Bittern and the internationally-significant wetland Myall Ramsar wetlands.

"We will also deliver a project with oyster and fishing industries to adapt to climate change by optimising farming methods in the Wallis, Port Stephens and Manning estuaries," Ms Wilson said.

Target areas include Cessnock and broader surrounds (including Quorrobolong, Mt Vincent and Kurri areas), Upper Hunter (from Muswellbrook to Merriwa plateau, and the Upper Goulburn River), and areas in and around the Karuah, Hunter Estuary, Cattai, Woodberry and Myall catchments.

For more information on its priority areas under Hunter LLS programs, go to the incentives web page and review the priority maps against your property location.

Submit an EOI to receive further contact and support from the staff.

These projects are supported by Hunter LLS through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare program.

You can download the new Threatened Species brochures for free at https://hunter.lls.nsw.gov.au/resource-hub/publications