Attacks on Wildlife
Following a number of attacks on wildlife near Buckleys Hole Conservation Park, BIEPA lobbied for a ban on exercising dogs off-leash in this area. This was partially successful, resulting in a reduction in the length of the dog off-leash area on Red Beach.
Cane Toad Challenge Project
BIEPA became an active participant in the Cane Toad Challenge Project, launched by Prof. Rob Capon of the University of QLD and which is ruled by a strict code of ethics relating to humane treatment of the toads. A team regularly patrols areas where cane toads are prevalent, collect adults, euthanise them and transport them to the University lab where the pheromone from their glands is used to make baits which lure toad tadpoles into traps. A number of these traps have been installed in wetlands around the Island.
Following the successful application for a grant to purchase equipment, BIEPA recommenced the Water Monitoring Project. A number of sites were identified, and volunteers regularly collect data under various parameters, then enter it into Healthy Land & Water’s database.