A surprise bandicoot discovery
Monday 26 August, 2019
Recent monitoring for Southern Brown Bandicoots has revealed a surprise find – a population of Long-nosed Bandicoots living near Nyora in Gippsland.
The find was unexpected as there are very little recorded sightings of Long-nosed bandicoots in this area and it is a long way from their known distribution.
The sighting was made in the Lang Lang Education Area, when monitoring cameras were set up as part of Parks Victoria’s Southern Brown Bandicoot Protection Program.
Long-nosed bandicoots are thought to play an integral role in forest health through their foraging which spreads spores of native fungi and accelerates plant material decomposition, which improves soil quality.
The Southern Brown Bandicoot Protection Program is being delivered in partnership with the Department of Transport as part of the environmental approval requirements for the Peninsula Link Project. It will run until 2024.
The Lang Lang Education Area is part of a large area of high quality bushland adjacent to the Holden Proving Ground. It is close to the Adams Creek Nature Conservation Areas, where an existing population of the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot is being closely monitored.
Parks Victoria and the Bass Coast Landcare Network are working together to deliver predator control, habitat improvement, and monitoring in this bushland and hope that through these programs more bandicoots will be discovered in the future.
If you live near the Adams Creek Nature Conservation Reserve and would like to know more about the fox control program, please contact Parks Victoria by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 13 1963.
Quotes, attributed to Brian Martin, Ranger Team Leader, Parks Victoria
“Although the Long-nosed Bandicoot is found up the Australian East coast - and is not classified as endangered like the Southern Brown Bandicoot - it is in decline in Victoria and New South Wales.”
“This population at Lang Lang is unusual as it is quite far from its’ known distribution. The closest recent records of the species are Cranbourne, Walkerville and Allambee.”
“Hopefully future monitoring events will reveal more about this mysterious population.”