Redlands roads among those where echidnas are most vulnerable to vehicle strikes, report finds

THREE Redlands roads have the potential to be hotspots for echidna vehicle strikes, a report has found.

Redland City Council employee Ed Abel rescues an echidna from Wellington Street, Cleveland in .Photo: Chris McCormack

Redland City Council employee Ed Abel rescues an echidna from Wellington Street, Cleveland in .Photo: Chris McCormack

Beenleigh Redland Bay Road, Mount Cotton Road and Charles Street at Birkdale were among the top 16 locations in the state for echidna sightings based on data obtained between 2013 and 2018.

The report, published by Queensland Wildlife Preservation Society and BioGeo, said the areas were potential echidna roadkill hotspots and mitigation measures should be considered to prevent wildlife deaths.

Wildlife Preservation Society bayside branch secretary Simon Baltais said there was not enough information getting out to the public about echidnas and more signage would make motorists aware of their movements.

"We have a lot of unique and special animals here in Australia and the more aware we are of them, the better," he said.

Mr Baltais said echidnas were in the same risk category as koalas and possums as their size made them vulnerable to fast-moving vehicles.

"Because their landscape is so fragmented, at some point they do cross our roads or our private property," he said.

"In breeding season, there are more animals moving about.

"You will get males following females around, and sometimes you will see two or three at a time."

He said underground wildlife corridors like those already in use across the state could help animals avoid crossing roads.

"It can work but of course you need to find a spot to put these things in and it becomes an expense," Mr Baltais said.

"If we can use current infrastructure - such as a culvert - and make it multi purpose, that would be useful and a cheaper way to help some of the animals.

"Every little bit helps. People's awareness to doing practical things means we can continue to enjoy them in our location.

"We still have possums, echidnas and a whole range of species. In other parts of south-east Queensland there is nothing or very little."

The report said signage should be used on roads which had been identified as potential roadkill hotspots.

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