Over 100 volunteers attended our recent Treendale Reserve planting days to help re-establish western ringtail possum habitat along the Brunswick River. Attendees included students from Bunbury Regional Community College, Treendale residents, Greater Bunbury residents, Bankwest Bunbury staff and some even travelled from Perth! A total of 1800 trees, shrubs, sedges and rushes were planted and guarded; an achievement met by many hands making light work of the overall revegetation project.
When established, the revegetation will increase the canopy connectivity between the existing riparian habitat and the wetland habitat to the east. This will give western ringtail possums the opportunity to move freely in the canopy without having to come to the ground where they are vulnerable to ground based predators. Increasing the habitat will also give the possums more foraging resources and places to build their drey day nests.
South West Catchments Council would like to thank those who attended the planting days and contributed towards the future conservation of our threatened western ringtail possum.
This project is supported by the South West Catchments Council through funding from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation & Attractions and the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.