Bandicoot

Super Highway

  • YEAR: 2019
  • STATE: South Australia
  • FOCUS AREAS: Saving Species/SDG 15: Life on Land

The world-renowned Mount Lofty Ranges is a biodiversity hotspot and critical habitat for the Endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot (Isodoon obesulus obesulus). FNPW is working with local (Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group, SURLG) and state (Department for Environment and Water, DEW) partners to protect bandicoot populations and reduce their regional status from Endangered to Vulnerable by 2028.

FNPW support

This project was funded through generous donations from FNPW supporters across Australia and beyond.

Project overview

Southern brown bandicoot numbers in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges have been on a steady decline in recent years. Researchers have learned that bandicoot numbers are reduced by several factors including predators; changes in native habitats caused by humans, other animals and weeds; and also changes in climate.

Research has highlighted the need to connect genetically isolated populations of these marsupials, so they can intermingle to ensure their survival. Providing a safe environment in areas where there is a lack of native habitat is a first step to creating stepping stones between these isolated bandicoot populations.

The First Stage:

1) Engagement of a Project Development Consultant to deliver a Project Plan for the Bandicoot Project according to agreed milestones.

2) Consultations, liaison, research etc by the PDC to deliver the following milestones:

a) Orientation and agreement of deliverables

b) Outline Governance structures and Project Management model

c) Data collation/reporting and defined project outcomes

d) Project Plan development and delivery

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY

FNPW supports projects across Australia. In the spirit of reconciliation we acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.

PROGRESS OF THIS PROJECT

This project is ongoing.

FNPW has supported the protection of the Southern Brown Bandicoot since 2002 and the SA population of bandicoots since 2015.

PROJECT PARTNERS

Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group, Department for Environment & Water SA are the lead organisations for this project.

Further information about our project partner can be found on their websites:

Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group – www.surlg.org.au

SA Department for Environment & Water – www.environment.sa.gov.au

Latest news on this project.

Bandicoot “Super Highway” Shifts Into Next Gear

Connecting habitat to protect Bandicoots in the Adelaide Hills

Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group (SURLG) in partnership with Natural Resources Adelaide & Mount Lofty Ranges (NR AMLR) and the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife are delighted to announce the appointment of Bec Duffield as project manager for the next stage of this vital project.  Restoring ground cover in areas where there is a lack of native habitat is a first step to creating stepping stones between the isolated Southern brown Bandicoot populations.

Researchers have learned that bandicoot numbers are reduced by several factors including predators; changes in native habitats caused by humans, other animals and weeds; and also changes in climate. This has highlighted the need to connect genetically isolated populations of these marsupials, so they can intermingle to ensure their survival.

The ultimate project aim is to downgrade the listing of the bandicoot from endangered to vulnerable, securing its existence in the region for generations to come.

“The recent visit to the project area by the SA Minister for the Environment, the Hon. David Speirs MP and now this funding through FNPW has put a new burst of enthusiasm into our group for the Bandicoot project.” said Danny Rohrlach, President of the SURLG. The long-term outcome of this work will be improved bandicoot habitat and connectivity from Williamstown to Deep Creek that will also benefit biodiversity conservation of the region.

“FNPW is extremely pleased to be able to provide funding to the Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group to take this important next step, thanks to the generosity of our wonderful supporters” said Ian Darbyshire, CEO of the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife. “We look forward to working with Bec & SURLG as they steer the development of this very exciting project!”

Latest news on this project.

Building Bungalows for Bandicoots

Southern brown bandicoot numbers in South Australia’s Mount Lofty Ranges have been on a steady decline in recent years. Researchers have learned that bandicoot numbers are reduced by several factors including predators; changes in native habitats caused by humans, other animals and weeds; and also changes in climate.

Research has highlighted the need to connect genetically isolated populations of these marsupials, so they can intermingle to ensure their survival. Providing a safe environment in areas where there is a lack of native habitat is a first step to creating stepping stones between these isolated bandicoot populations.

In areas with a lack of native habitat available, bandicoot bungalows have been constructed from pallets to provide these creatures with a home base and stepping stones into new territory, using branches, grass and sticks to the top to provide dense shelter.

To assess the suitability of these new dwellings, bandicoot ‘Big Brother’ is watching to capture video data on how often, and in what way, the bandicoots use the structures. The next stage of this project will involve the deployment of more bandicoot bungalows and wildlife cameras to assess whether these ‘big nest boxes’ can help the endangered creatures move into habitat that is currently unsuitable.

FNPW gratefully appreciates the involvement of the Sturt Upper Reaches Landcare Group and University of Adelaide in this project.

Project gallery

An example of a “Suburban” Bandicoot Bungalow

Bandicoot Bush style bungalow – Step 2 – add more stakes to stop predators reaching in to get to bandicoots

Bandicoot Bush bangalow – step 3 – add heavy items on top to hold the bungalow in place and protect the bandicoots

Bandicoot Bush bungalow – step 4 – add anything else on top to help make it look part of the landscape – decorate it

Bandicoot bush bungalow in situ with suitable vegatation planted – they plan to regularly take photos of the progress

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