15173: Building habitat and communities for the Western Ringatil Possum

    This project delivered on-ground actions, community engagement and support for the conservation of the Western Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) which is listed nationally as vulnerable under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The Western Ringtail Possum is now mostly confined to urban and peri-urban areas between Busselton to Dunsborough. The highest populations are found in these urban areas, where up to 20 Western Ringtail Possums per hectare can be found in schools, caravan parks and on private urban landholdings. Protection of Western Ringtail Possums in urban areas is critical to their survival in the future.

    This project delivered four tree planting days totalling two hectares in areas on school grounds that are a critical part of the declining urban Western Ringtail Possum habitat in the urban areas in Capel, Busselton and Dunsborough.   Four nightstalks were also undertaken to educate community on methods to identify Western Ringtail Possums from Brush Tail Possums (Trichosurus vulpecula) and provide population data at local sites.

    Investment: $ 11 200
    In-kind contribution: $ 12 080
    Delivery organisation: Geographe Catchment Council (GeoCatch)
    Project duration: February 2016 - December 2016
    Location: City of Busselton, Shire of Capel

    Purpose of project

    This project enhanced critical Western Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus occidentalis) habitat while engaging schools and community to raise awareness of Western Ringtail Possum as an endangered species.

    Major project achievements

    • 1000 local native seedlings planted
    • 4 local schools engaged in tree planting at their school and Western Ringtail Possum education in the classroom
    • Busselton Toyota partnered with the school planting days by chatting to the students about hybrid vehicles and supplying Planet Ark merchandise from National Tree Day
    • 4 nightwalks delivered and fully booked during school holidays
    • WRP sightings from the nightwalks were supplied to Department of Parks and Wildlife for their records
    • This project presented more media opportunities which have raised the profile and awareness of the Western Ringtail Possum.

    Project contact details

    Geographe Catchment Council (GeoCatch)

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