Counting Koalas

Tamworth Regional Landcare have embarked on an exciting new project. To count Koalas in the region as part of a country wide initiative funded by WIRES. With the use of a drone equipped with a high resolution thermal camera we are seeking out individual koalas camped high in the canopy of their eucalypt forest habitat.

We began the hunt in late May of this year with a team of two, Chief pilot, James Filby and native wildlife expert Peter Gronen in the rugged hills of Woolomin. With kind permission from the local landholders the Matrice 300 RTK with its thermal imaging camera is deployed at around forty metres above the tree tops in the chilly winter evenings, the low temperature gives us a thermal contrast between the cool canopy and the warm body of the koala. The drone method allows us to cover a large area and investigate the most inaccessible and wild areas without causing disturbance. So far we have searched over ninety hectares of forest, and sent the footage to Queensland University of Technology where it will be analysed. Early results indicate that we have already spotted some koalas.

The plan is to cover as much of the relevant habitat as possible while the cool nights are with us, and with the resources of QUT, create an up to date population map as an aid to the future conservation of the koala.

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Wallabadah water forum


Following on from our first forum, we present

Dr Judi Earle & Professor Martin Thoms to progress discussion on best practices for water and land management. Wallabadah Public School, 3rd August 2024, 8:30 - 12:30. Catering by Wallabadah P & C. Free Event

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Habitat augmentation

Join us for an engaging and hands-on workshop on artificial habitats and their importance in conservation on July 25th at Bendemeer Town Hall. Learn about modular nest box systems, specialized habitat solutions, and participate in field installations of various habitat structures. This is a fantastic opportunity to deepen your understanding of sustainable practices and make a tangible impact on our local wildlife. Click the Eventbrite link to register and find out more. Bring your gloves and passion for conservation—we look forward to seeing you there!

Exciting New Resources for Education and Youth in the North West Region

Exciting New Resources for Education and Youth in the North West Region

We are thrilled to announce that Tamworth Regional Landcare is embarking on an exciting new initiative to establish resources aimed at education and youth engagement in North West NSW. Our goal is to inspire and empower the younger generation to take an active role in landcare and environmental stewardship.

Our members often say that when you become part of Landcare, you’re not just joining a group, you’re becoming part of a family. The concept is so compatible with Australian culture it’s hard not to get involved! By becoming a TRLA member, you’ll be supporting our work, learning new skills, becoming part of the solution, and helping to make a difference for the future.


together we can make a difference

funding support

Did you know (TRLA) run an Annual Small Grants program for Landcare activities connected to the Tamworth region.

Volunteer Landcare and Grassroots Community groups can apply up to $2,500 for activities that meet an objective of TRLA’s strategic plan with eight successful projects being awarded funds from across the region.