Planting plan to save local bandicoot population

Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park, including John Wamsley, have planted rings of dense native plants that they hope will become protective habitat for surviving bandicoots, right, in the fire-ravaged conservation park.

A series of natural “bandicoot shelters” could be planted across the Hills in a bid to help save a sub-population decimated by the Cherry Gardens fire.
Members of the Friends of Scott Creek Conservation Park have planted an experimental 20m-wide nesting shelter in a burnt part of the park to provide habitat vital to protect endangered bandicoots from preying foxes and cats. Friends member John Wamsley said bandicoots were known to shelter among invasive blackberries – which are listed as weeds of national significance and were largely destroyed in Scott Creek Conservation Park during the Cherry Gardens bushfire.