Paul Kelly had it right. From little things big things grow, and it’s the little things that have a big impact that will be the focus of the next round of monitoring within the corridor.
Professor Jonathan Majer of BioMonitoring International has spent over 35 years using terrestrial invertebrates as bio-indicators of environmental conditions. He brings a wealth of experience from monitoring mine site rehabilitation, including Alcoa’s rehabilitation sites for 30 years to help understand and gauge the success of restoration efforts in the corridor.
Professor Majer will be using ants as primary indicators but also looking at the range of other invertebrates that inhabit the corridor and will be able to provide insight into what species are missing and how we can optimise the invertebrate ecology to help meet restoration objectives.
A insect walk and talk will also be held in March 2019 where you too can get up close and personal with these fascinating creatures and hear about the role they play in ecosystems.