On-Ground Action for Endangered Bandicoot

Revegetation works aimed at safeguarding the Eastern Barred Bandicoot population across northern Tasmania have commenced, as part of a five-year project managed by NRM North through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.

The Eastern Barred Bandicoot is a small marsupial endemic to south-eastern Australia which persist only in captive release populations on the mainland of Australia. To date, Tasmania has provided a refuge for the species, however, habitat loss through changes in land management has meant population numbers of the species have contracted across the state.

In response, NRM North commenced a project in 2018 to establish effective conservation measures to protect the Eastern Barred Bandicoot in northern Tasmania. These measures include working with its project partner, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy, and private landholders to protect existing habitat and undertake revegetation activities to increase habitat connectivity in the landscape.

Kicking off the on-ground works in recent months, seven landholders in the West Tamar area joined the program to undertake fencing and to plant new seedlings, in areas of their property identified as suitable for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Across September and October, these landholders have planted over 4000 seedlings, with species carefully selected to improve habitat and provide shelter from predators for Eastern Barred Bandicoot.

NRM North’s Biodiversity Coordinator Robyn Allchin said it was great to see so many landholders keen to undertake works to help preserve the species.

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Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Photo source Tasmanian Country

“We’ve had a great response from landholders in key areas we’ve identified as being important for Eastern Barred Bandicoot. Those already involved have done an excellent job of getting fences established and seedlings in the ground. We’re looking forward to working with many more landholders over the next four years and continuing to deliver this important project”

Ms Allchin said.

NRM North and the Tasmanian Land Conservancy will monitor results across the district using motion sensor cameras to detect change in numbers of Eastern Barred Bandicoot and other species over the life of the project.

If you think you have a suitable property in the West Tamar, Carrick or Longford areas and would like more information on participating in the project please call 6333 7777 or email rallchin@nrmnorth.org.au.