Your backyard might provide important habitat for quenda. Quenda might use gardens for nesting, finding food, or as a safe way to get from one reserve to another. We want to know what makes a ‘quenda-friendly’ garden.
Which one of these gardens do you think quenda would prefer?
Do you want to help quenda in your own backyard? If you live in the City of Mandurah, we would love to survey your garden and ask you a few questions about what you see in your backyard. We may also place motion-sensor cameras in your yard, to detect visits from bandicoots, cats, and foxes.
In June 2017, we will be planting Tuart seedlings as part of our “quenda-inoculated plants” growth trial. We will need help planting and monitoring the growth and survival of our seedlings. Field sites will be located within the City of Mandurah, and we are keen for local residents to get involved.
Bandicoots live in your local remnant bushland, and might even live in your backyard! Urban life can be challenging; urban bandicoots are at risk from habitat loss, being attacked by pet dogs and cats, and being hit by cars. Through our research, we hope to learn more about the major threats to urban bandicoots, so we can help make urban areas a safer place for them to live. In the meantime, there are a few simple things you can do to help.
- Look after your local bushland. Bandicoots rely on healthy bushland for food and protection. Join your local friends group and attend community planting events.
- Keep your dog on a lead unless you are in a designated off-lead area. When dogs run through the bush they leave their scent behind, and bandicoots seem to avoid these areas. Remember, even if your dog would never attack a bandicoot, their presence can still have a negative impact on bandicoots in the bush.
- Keep your cat confined to your property. Cat runs are becoming very popular, and allow your cat to experience outdoor life in a way that keeps both your cat and your local wildlife safe.
- Don’t offer human food to bandicoots. Human food is not healthy for quenda and can make them overweight, sick, and dependent on humans. Check out the Healthy Wildlife Healthy Lives website for more information.
- Be mindful of wildlife when driving. Roads are a crucial part of the suburbs, but can be a real problem for wildlife.
The City of Mandurah run several weekend planting days from June to August each year. Meet like-minded people and help restore the natural habitat at your local reserve.
You can find all the information on their website:
Please note planting events may not be visible until closer to the date.
Do you care about bandicoots? Please share this information with your friends and family. Together, we can make our suburbs a safer place for bandicoots to live.
If you would like more information, please contact us