Results are in! Highlights from backyard bandicoot spy-cams

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By Emily Webster and Janine Kuehs.  Many lucky residents of Mandurah and surrounds will have seen or heard about the bandicoot also known as quenda. You might even be proud to share your backyard with a quenda or two. But quenda areimpacted by expanding urban development fragmenting their habitat, and the presence of introduced predators such as foxes, cats and dogs.… Continue reading Results are in! Highlights from backyard bandicoot spy-cams

Bandicoots in the ‘burbs? St Emilie’s in Canning Vale get a science lesson from Murdoch Researchers

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By Janine Kuehs and Natasha Tay.  The Backyard Bandicooteers attended something a little different last week! St Emilie’s Primary School science teacher Kerrie Cogger contacted Murdoch University after they discovered little diggings in their school’s bushland. Mrs Cogger, along with her students (who together undertake many activities in the bushland), set up a motion activated camera to find the culprit –… Continue reading Bandicoots in the ‘burbs? St Emilie’s in Canning Vale get a science lesson from Murdoch Researchers

Real Backyard Bandicoots #1

Welcome to our series of blog posts about the “Real Backyard Bandicoots” of Mandurah. Our first story comes from Melvyn Tuckey; Greenfields resident, committee member of Peel Preservation Group Inc. and avid nature lover. Early in 2017, Melvyn noticed a new creature visiting his backyard, and so begins the “Story of Bandi”… It was around midnight sometime in late January that I first sighted an … Continue reading Real Backyard Bandicoots #1

Habitat islands in a sea of urbanisation – Identifying reserves used by quenda

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By Gill Bryant.  Quenda are fantastic urban adapters, persisting in and around cities and towns across southwest Western Australia (WA). Quenda play an important role as ecosystem engineers by modifying their environment well out of proportion to their body size, where a single quenda can excavate 3.9 tonnes of soil each year digging for their main food, mycorrhizae fungi below the… Continue reading Habitat islands in a sea of urbanisation – Identifying reserves used by quenda

Backyard bandicoots

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By Trish Fleming and Amanda Kristancic.  They come in the middle of the night to raid our gardens of fungi, bulbs, and grubs – leaving in their wake characteristic small conical diggings across lawns and flower beds.  Sharing our cities with southern brown bandicoots (quenda) is something that Perth and Mandurah residents have come to treasure. However, not all residents are… Continue reading Backyard bandicoots