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City of Bayswater to track bandi-cuties

Posted on April 13, 2018
Wildlife warriors from the City of Bayswater's Sustainable Environment Unit have embarked on a four-week study of the quirky little Australian marsupial Quenda in a bid to ensure their population remains protected.

Mayor Dan Bull said the Quenda or bandicoot, as they are more commonly known, live in bushlands and often go undetected.

"We are lucky enough to have a population of bandicoots living at Lightning Swamp in Noranda.

"Bandicoots play an integral role in keeping bushland healthy by aerating the soil, dispersing beneficial fungi and aiding in water penetration.

"But it doesn't stop there. Bandicoots are important as they are an indicator species. Their presence highlights an area is likely home to a range of other species with similar needs, as well as those linked to them through the food chain.

"The existence of bandicoots is indicative of a healthy ecosystem.

An increase in urbanisation has seen large populations of bandicoots disappear from the Australian habitat.

"With the bandicoot population in Perth gradually under threat from development and land clearing we need to ensure we protect them.

"As part of the study, our officers will microchip the bandicoots located at Lightning Swamp so they can be monitored. This will assist us in determining if they are under threat and if we need to take steps to protect them.

"Many people living on the fringe of bushland are completely unaware they are sharing their gardens with the quiet and illusive creature. But they do leave cues. Finger-deep conical holes in lawns or gardens are often a bit of a giveaway.

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