The Campaspe River

  

The Campaspe River is part of the important Murray-Darling Basin system. The river runs for 232km carving its way from its source in Bullengarook in the south through central (and Lake Eppalock) in Victoria to meet the mighty Murray River at Echuca in the north. The Campaspe is noted as the most wooded river in Victoria. Over centuries trees and branches have fallen naturally into the river creating a perfect breeding ground for native fish, including Murray Cod and Golden Perch (Yellow Belly). 

Along this river lie extensive woodlands home to a variety of birds and mammals including three species of gliders. These possums have the unique ability to ‘glide’ down through the treetops for up to 50 metres. The three species are the tiny Feather-tail Glider, the Sugar Glider and the endangered Squirrel Glider. In 2014 Strathallan Family Landcare began a major project, the building and installation of LaTrobe University designed nesting boxes. The boxes have been placed along the river reserve from Rochester to Echuca with the aim of providing the Squirrel Glider in particular with an alternative to natural tree hollows, which over the years have become very scarce. Since the beginning of the ‘Gliders along the Campaspe’ project over 300 nest boxes have been installed and GPS locations recorded. On-going surveys have provided evidence of glider occupation.

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