Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) has reintroduced the Eastern Pygmy Possum to the heart of Australia’s biggest city, with the release of six of the tiny marsupials at North Head Sanctuary in Sydney this month. The possums, which are a threatened species in NSW, have been extinct at North Head for decades. Their reintroduction is part of AWC’s mission to reverse the tide of extinctions ravaging Australia’s mammals.Read more...
Science: surveys and research at North Head
The Long-nosed Bandicoot was once widespread throughout the Sydney region, but many former populations are now extinct. The Long-nosed Bandicoot population on North Head is recognised as a discrete population which is listed as endangered under NSW legislation.
AWC, in collaboration with the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, undertakes regular monitoring of the Long-nosed Bandicoot population on North Head. Current estimates put the population at around 110 individuals.
In order to improve the effectiveness of conservation measures for the North Head bandicoots, AWC is also:
- investigating the social biology of the North Head bandicoots using radio-tracking (to promote connectivity between subpopulations).
- examining factors which affect the availability of prey.
- investigating methods for improving bandicoot habitat and use of recently regenerated Eastern Suburbs Banksia Scrub (ESBS).
- investigating the effect of ecological burns on bandicoot activity.
Other research projects at North Head include:
- reintroduction of Bush Rats onto North Head.
- identifying competitive interactions between Bush Rats and Black Rats.
- examining factors that limit regeneration of ESBS such as rabbit consumption of seeds and seedlings and the role of fire on regeneration.