Community planting day to provide possum homes
A community planting day is set to help improve the habitat for critically endangered western ringtail possums in Bunbury.
South West Catchments Council will host the community session at Hartley Anderson Reserve in South Bunbury on June 22.
The council has been contracted by the Federal Government through its National Landcare Program to undertake work to help the species across the South West.
Western ringtail possums are extremely common in the backyards of Bunbury residents, according to the council.
Threatened species project manager Jaya Vaughan said the planting project would enhance the future habitat for possums.
“One of the aims is to improve the tree canopy connectivity in the reserves, so western ringtail possums don’t have to come to the ground where they will be exposed to predators,” Ms Vaughan said.
“We encourage local Bunbury residents to join in the planting days to help conserve western ringtail possums.”
The planting day at the Crowea Street Reserve will include morning tea, gloves and tools provided.
SWCC and Leschenault Catchment Council will be improving western ringtail possum habitat within the Preston River to Ocean Regional Park and other local reserves through weed control and revegetation.
There will also be a project helping pet owners with ideas on how to co-exist with the possums.
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