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    13088: Western ringtail possums in our schools and community

    A possum box building and kids possum craft workshop was held during biodiversity month (September) to help educate and inspire the community to take action to protect the possum. Courtesy GeoCatch.
    A possum box building and kids possum craft workshop was held during biodiversity month (September) to help educate and inspire the community to take action to protect the possum. Courtesy GeoCatch.

    Western ringtail possums were once widely distributed throughout the south-west forests of WA from 120km south-east of Geraldton to the southern edge of the Nullarbor Plain.

    Today their distribution is patchy, largely restricted to near-coastal areas of peppermint woodland and peppermint/tuart forests from Australind to Waychinicup National Park.

    Important populations occur in urban Busselton, in school grounds, caravan parks, private lots, where their numbers can be as high as 20 possums per hectare.

    Protection of the possum in urban areas is critical to their survival.

    This project will engage schools and the community to help educate and inspire them to take action to protect the possum.

    Activities include:

    • developing a schools information package
    • possum spotting night walks
    • strategic habitat enhancement plantings
    • awareness raising expo and street parade.
    Investment: $ 30 000
    Delivery organisation: Geographe Catchment Council Inc (GeoCatch)
    Project duration: January 2014 - December 2014
    Location: City of Busselton area
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