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Recap of the sites and methods

The study sites

Sugarloaf Hill is part of the Lane Cove National Park which exists for the purposes of biological conservation, public enjoyment, and as a site for valuable scientific research. 

The area contains numerous ecosystems which provide for the habitat needs of many native species of flora and fauna. Some of these are declared threatened species like the red-crowned toadlet. Other animals such as the long-nosed bandicoot, exist in very isolated populations.

Lane Cove National Park is surrounded by urban development and much of The Sugarloaf was damaged prior to the area becoming a national park.
Despite these past and current human impacts the area is reasonably well preserved.

We acknowledge and respect the Aboriginal Peoples of these lands and remember that we always walk respectfully on Country.

Study site 1 is located on the south side of Sugarloaf Hill. It has a thick, diverse layer of ground cover plants and shrubs. The walking track is 1.5m wide at this point

Study site 2 is located on the north side of Sugarloaf Hill. It has a much thinner layer of ground cover plants. The walking track is 2-3m wide at this site due to erosion

Investigation Methods

We will record the same 17 variables at each site using a range of equipment. These variables will help us to identify abiotic and biotic factors which impact on the habitat of animals such as the long-nosed bandicoot and red-crowned toadlet 

Watch videos of data collection methods to see how the instruments are used.

Detailed bandicoot information can be found in the resources section.