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Building Bungalows for Bandicoots

Blog Post - 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.

photo credit: Jasmin Packer 

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.

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