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    12093: John Tonkin College: Bushranger Cadet micro-bat box project

    Local micro bat expert Joe Tonga shows students an endangered Goulds wattle micro bat that made its home in a box they built. Courtesy Community Newspaper Group.
    Local micro bat expert Joe Tonga shows students an endangered Goulds wattle micro bat that made its home in a box they built. Courtesy Community Newspaper Group.

    The grounds of John Tonkin College in Mandurah are home to many native species including an endangered micro-bat population endemic to the area.

    Part of the school grounds are registered in the voluntary Land for Wildlife habitat conservation scheme; however students wanted to do more to protect the micro-bats and conserve the habitat.

    Students built 10 bat boxes under the supervision of local micro bat expert Joe Tonga. These were placed in remnant bush on the school grounds where students used GPS equipment to locate and map their position. Boxes were inspected for the first time on 2 July 2013 and one had nine Goulds wattle micro bats in residence.

    Weeds at the site were also controlled as part of this project.

    Investment: $ 10 000
    Delivery organisation: John Tonkin College Bushranger Cadet Unit
    Project duration: November 2012 - December 2014
    Location: John Tonkin College, Mandurah

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