Helpful tips on Gorge's abundant wildlife

 ECHIDNAS and wallabies are only two of the native wildlife species people will learn about at a free presentation at Launceston's Cataract Gorge on Wednesday.

Gorge education program volunteer Rocelyn Ives said that the aim of the session was to highlight to people how lucky they were to have a bushland area within the city.

``But that also carries responsibilities, like having awareness about wildlife and knowing what to do if you discover some in your backyard,'' Ms Ives said.

``Anything from quolls, wallabies, snakes, lizards, possums, echidnas and birds can be found in backyards and people should know what to do if something turns up unexpectedly, where they should turn and the support they can get.

``People also need to be aware that what they do in their backyard may impact adversely on native wildlife living in the Gorge.''

Ms Ives said that the first speaker would be Lorraine De Weys, of Wildlife Rescue.

``Lorraine will talk about what to do, who to contact and how to assess injured animals and birds as well as how to minimise threats to wildlife,'' Ms Ives said.

``Denis Giasli, from NRM, (Tamar Natural Resource Management) and Ian Norton, from Reptile Rescue, if he is available, will present the second session.

``Topics will include which species were likely to visit, what can be done to promote a healthy habitat and some positive and negative outcomes from habitat change.''

The three-hour presentation will end with informal interaction with the speakers and a wildlife quiz.

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