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Long-nosed Bandicoot Study

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The project

A colony of native Long-nosed Bandicoots has been discovered within the Inner West Council local government area, particularly in the suburbs around Dulwich Hill, Lewisham and Petersham. This inner west population has been declared Endangered under the NSW Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.

As part of the Revegetation and Biodiversity Compensation and Monitoring Package for the Inner West Light Rail, Transport for NSW is funding a research project on the Inner West Long-nosed Bandicoot, in partnernership with:

  • Sydney University
  • Office of Environment and Heritage
  • Inner West Council
  • Inner West Environment Group
  • GreenWay Program
  • Transdev Sydney

The six month survey and study, starting February 2016, will be undertaken by the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney and aims to collect baseline observational information, raising community awareness of the bandicoot as an endangered species and conserving the local bandicoot population within the Inner West.

What you need to know

Behaviour – Nocturnal and leave small conical shaped holes (circumference of a fifty cent coin) in grassy areas where they have been searching for food

Diet – Insect larvae, cockroaches, ants, earthworms, leaves, stems, tubers and fungi

Habitat – Dense vegetation, woody debris and accessible areas under homes and buildings that provide shelter from predators

Threats – Habitat loss, domestic cats and dogs, foxes and road vehicles

Size – 310mm to 425mm long (about the size of a rabbit)

How you can help

  • Visit the Sydney Light Rail website to learn more about the study and to fill out a survey
  • Keep cats and dogs indoors from dusk until dawn
  • Avoid insecticides in your garden
  • If you find an injured bandicoot, contact WIRES 1300 094 737 or Sydney Wildlife 9413 4300