The Eastern Barred Bandicoot project aims to increase community awareness of Eastern Barred Bandicoot and other threatened mammals, about threats to the species and ways to mitigate those threats. The project will also improve condition and connectivity of Eastern Barred Bandicoot habitat or potential habitat on private land through investment in on-ground works, primarily through revegetation and fencing options.
Eastern Barred Bandicoot are relatively widespread in Tasmania, but numbers are believed to be declining at threat from habitat clearance (fragmentation and degradation), predation by cats and dogs and disease transmission by cats. This species requires understorey for shelter and food, which occurs in largely agricultural and peri-urban landscapes with grasslands and grassy forests. Through wildlife monitoring activities, key population areas will be identified to focus revegetation efforts.
The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is a small mammal which occurs only in south-eastern Australia. According to the Australian Government's Recovery Plan for Eastern Barred Bandicoot (mainland), the “Tasmanian and mainland populations are recognised as distinct subspecies, although these have not been formally named”.
The mainland subspecies is believed to be extinct in the wild occurring only in captive and reintroduced populations and the Tasmanian subspecies is listed under the EPBC Act as vulnerable. Distribution overlaps with Eucalyptus ovata – Callitris oblonga (Black Gum) forest, and areas of Tasmanian Lowland Native Grasslands, both threatened ecological communities under the EPBC Act.
The project will build on previous work undertaken by several project partners (NRM North, Greening Australia, Tasmanian Land Conservancy) and combine and target efforts to achieve landscape-scale habitat enhancement for Eastern Barred Bandicoot and other species. Delivery of the project will:
Return to the Biodiversity Program.
Improving land management practices of communities and landholders to increase the vegetation and biodiversity of productive landscapes.
Promoting the expansion and recovery of Giant Freshwater Lobster.
Supporting small landholders to care for their natural resources.