Eastern Barred Bandicoot Project

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 focus area
The project is currently focused on areas around Carrick, Longford and the West Tamar.

Focus

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.

Value

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 ovataCallitris oblonga (Black Gum) forest, and areas of Tasmanian Lowland Native Grasslands, both threatened ecological communities under the EPBC Act.

Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Photo credit JJ Harrison.
Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Photo Credit JJ Harrison.
Habitat creation and revegetation
Revegetation works will enhance Eastern Barred Bandicoot habitat in target areas.

Delivery

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:

  • undertake habitat protection, enhancement or creation works with a focus on Eastern Barred Bandicoot habitat, in target areas;
  • facilitate land management practice change with private landholders towards best practice management for threatened species;
  • engage private landholders in citizen science monitoring, with a focus on threatened mammals; and
  • undertake urban community education and habitat improvement activities in target areas.

Partners

This project is supported by NRM North, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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Partners

This project is supported by NRM North, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

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Tasmanian Land Conservancy Logo

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