The critically endangered Plains-wanderer is a small, ground-dwelling bird that lives on lowland native grasslands across eastern Australia. Over the past century, these globally unique birds have declined dramatically due to habitat loss and degradation.
From 2017 to 2021, research was conducted across the Northern Plains Grasslands of Victoria to examine habitat requirements of the Plains-wanderer. The project aimed to produce evidence that can be used by land managers and conservationists to improve habitat management for the Plains-wanderer and other grassland animals and plants.
This booklet summarises the main findings from Dan Nugent’s PhD project through La Trobe University and outlines key implications stemming from this work for grassland management and conservation efforts.
The Plains for Wanderers project is a partnership between Trust for Nature and the North Central Catchment Management Authority, supported through funding from the Australian Government.