Western Ringtail Possum

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possum_imgThe Peppies for Possums project aims to improve the conservation of the Western Ringtail Possum (WRP) and to encourage community members to become actively involved with management of habitat for the Western Ringtail Possum. The project fulfills its aim through community awareness and involvement, planting Peppies (Agonis flexuosa) and native understorey to provide food and habitat and working with industry, local government and community groups, particularly the Western Ringtail Action Group (WRAG) on initiatives to protect the WRP.

To learn about what you can do to help Ringtails see our Helping Western Ringtail Possums page.

Achievements
  • Implemented the Western Ringtail Possum Management Plan for Provence including school and community awareness and habitat enhancement.
  • Developed and implemented a WRP tourism program including WRP posters, brochures and night walk series.
  • Community awareness and engagement program including regular WRP night walks, support to WRAG, attendance at community events and ongoing media presence.
  • Infill planting and concentrated revegetation effort in conjunction with schools at Busselton Shire Reserve 5021.
  • Partnerships – continued building and seeking partnerships to further protect the WRP, particularly through the WRAG group
  • Supporting WRAG to develop WRP information signs for the community

 

Funding and Partnerships

This project is funded by GeoCatch, with support from the South West Catchments Council for the night walks.

 

Project Future

During 2013 the project will:

  • Develop curriculum -linked WRP resources for schools
  • Provide professional learning for teachers on WRP resources
  • Community partnerships – continue building and seeking partnerships, including community science, to further protect the WRP.
  • Coordinate awareness raising activities including night stalks, media releases, planting days.
  • Source ongoing funding for the project.