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    12031: Western Australia’s Dibbler – priority recovery actions, habitat protection and mitigation of threatening processes

    Project staff checking an Elliott trap on Whitlock Island. The traps were used to capture and temporarily relocate Dibblers while rodents were baited on the island. Courtesy Dr Tony Friend, Department of Parks and Wildlife.
    Project staff checking an Elliott trap on Whitlock Island. The traps were used to capture and temporarily relocate Dibblers while rodents were baited on the island. Courtesy Dr Tony Friend, Department of Parks and Wildlife.

    Introduced rodents are a major threat to the biodiversity of islands around the world.

    House mouse populations provide reservoirs for disease, as well as competing with native mammals.

    In 2009 a National Threat Abatement Plan to reduce the impacts of exotic rodents on biodiversity on Australian offshore islands of less than 100 000 hectares was approved.

    This project aims to eradicate mice from Boullanger and Whitlock Islands, which are home to endangered Dibblers and Grey-bellied dunnarts.

    The islands will be baited with 10 kg/ha Pest-off 120 rodent bait after the Dibblers and two species of skink have been temporarily removed.

    Investment: $ 350 000
    Delivery organisation: Department of Environment and Conservation
    Project duration: October 2012 - June 2015
    Location: Boullanger and Whitlock Islands, Jurien Bay

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