Conserving gliders across the K2W Link through Glideways
The Glideways program consists of a range of collaborative projects aimed at conserving the gliders that live in a section of the Abercrombie Catchment we call the K2W Link. Like other animals in the area, populations of gliders have been declining due to habitat loss, fragmentation, feral animals and urban development.
Through onground works with local communities and landholders to create natural connections for gliders by relinking the landscape, we are working to ensure that our glider populations persist into the future. These include pest and weed management, habitat protection, revegetation, citizen science and research and monitoring. In turn, our targeted projects benefit the host of other native plants and animals that live within the same area, such as Spotted-tailed Quolls, Flame Robins and Koalas.
Who are Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala (K2W)?
We are a collection of local organisations, community members and landholders who have been working collaboratively since 2012 to protect our wildlife and natural resources by creating connections across the landscape.
What is the Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala Link?
The Kanangra-Boyd to Wyangala (K2W) Link forms a major natural connection between the sandstone forests of the Greater Blue Mountains and the hilly countryside around Wyangala Dam. Following the line of the Abercrombie River, the K2W Link is rich in culture and heritage and includes a particularly diverse range of plant and animals. Several significant protected areas sit within the area, including Kanangra-Boyd and Abercrombie River National Parks, Copperhania Nature Reserve and the Wyangala State Recreation Area.
The K2W Link forms part of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative, a globally significant project that is engaging communities, landholders and organisations to connect 3,600km of land from the Grampians in Victoria, to tropical Queensland.
What makes this area special?
From the towering eucalypts and ravines of Kanangra-Boyd National Park to the undulating fields of working farms, the K2W Link supports a wealth of activities and livelihoods.
The area is important because:
Animals, birds and plants need to be able to move freely across the land to survive. The K2W Link serves as a vital east-west connection between the Blue Mountains and Wyangala, which enables wildlife to move between areas in search of food, water and habitat.
Satellite imagery indicates that the K2W Link remains consistently wetter than surrounding areas throughout the year. This means that it contains many core areas of habitat where animals and birds can seek shelter and food during periods of lower rainfall or drought.
The diverse variety habitats provided in the K2W Link supports a vast array of species; over 2,400 species of native plants, animals, fish and reptiles live in the area.
The area already has a good proportion of well-connected, native habitat. By building on these natural connections through the re-vegetation of key areas and the maintenance of existing native vegetation, we can ensure that the K2W Link remains intact.