Bermagui Koala Spotters on the lookout

The Bermagui Koala Spotters set out to find koalas and learn about their habits with Mark Lems of Tanja recently. Picture: Supplied.
The Bermagui Koala Spotters set out to find koalas and learn about their habits with Mark Lems of Tanja recently. Picture: Supplied.

An experienced koala scat spotter shared his knowledge with residents of Bermagui recently.

The Bermagui Koala Spotters received guidance from Mark Lems of Tanja.

Participants learned about koala habits, preferred habitat trees and identification of koala scats.

The half day introduction was held in State Forest Compartment 2003 - one of two Coolagolite compartments proposed for logging by Forestry Corporation.

Participant Colin Sagar said the two compartments hold particular significance. He said they are the only intact areas of koala forest habitat linking known koala areas to the north in Kooraban and Gulaga National Parks with the Mumbulla/Bermagui koala areas to the south.

The Wallaga Lake Coastal Zone Management Plan highlights the importance of preserving habitat corridors for threatened species including the koala.

"We are not sure yet that koalas are presently in this corridor", Mr Sagar said.

"But it is vital this connective habit is protected so that the regions unique and threatened koalas have the ongoing possibility to move between areas in response to the multiple threats of habitat loss, climate change and fire."

The Gulaga and Biamanga Aboriginal Boards of Management have identified the same forest compartments as being an important cultural heritage link joining the two board areas.

Further information regarding koala spotting can be found on the Friends of Bermagui Forest Facebook page or contact friendsofbermaguiforests@gmail.com