The Australian Government has released a recovery plan for the boggomoss snail

While you may not have heard about or seen the boggomoss snail, they’re an important part of the ecosystem and their habitats are being devastated.
By AG Staff June 28, 2017 Reading Time: 2 Minutes Print this page
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THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT and Energy has released a new recovery plan that looks to ensure the boggomoss snails’ (Adclarkia dawsonensis) long term survival.

As the boggomoss snail is a critical food source for birds, rodents, frogs, reptiles, beetles, ants and calliphorid flies, its extinction will have significant impacts for the ecosystem.

The plan was released today and details that the government’s aim is to achieve a self-sustaining population that is either stable or increasing in areas the snails inhabits by 2037.

The boggomoss snail is considered to be critically endangered under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Its preferable habitats — the riparian woodlands and wetlands of the Dawson River floodplain and the boggomosses of Mt Rose Station, are under threat making this the primary reason the for the snails sparse numbers.

“Most of the native vegetation in the Dawson Valley has been cleared for farming and within the little remaining native vegetation the boggomoss snail is dependent on oases refugia of moist habitat,” the report said.

The report lists another ten reasons for the snails decline including floods, fire regimes, clearing of vegetation, firewood collection, weeds and changes to hydrology.

Feral pigs, which uproot soil, and predation by feral house mice and cane toads, were among the threats posed by other wildlife.

The report also made mention of the effects of climate change on the boggomoss snail as the mollusc would be unable to cope with increased temperatures and an increased number of fires.

Among the solutions are to minimise the impacts of livestock, control weeds, prevent firewood collection and manage recreational fires.

The recovery plan is estimated to cost approximately $1,069,040.

Read the full report here.