Quendas star in bushland

A quenda in Star Swamp.
A quenda in Star Swamp.

Friends of Star Swamp secretary Christine Curry said the confirmed photographs of the small marsupial were important in encouraging the City of Stirling to preserve the bush reserve.

‘Confirmed quenda sightings in Star Swamp Bushland add to the importance of the reserve as an urban bushland remnant,’ she said.

‘It is now very necessary for work on weed management, revegetation and feral animal control to be ongoing and for the areas in the reserve identified as ‘ideal’ quenda habitat to be fenced and rehabilitated, so that quendas are able to breed to optimum numbers in the reserve,’ Ms Curry said.

She said there were also several quendas in the area surrounding the lake.

‘We are aware that quendas are also in nearby patches of bushland, so it seems as if the overall quenda population is growing in the local area,’ she said.

The secretary said Perth’s expansion had a negative effect on the population.

‘Looking at urban quendas more widely, continued housing development means destruction of quenda habitat and the need for translocations to suitable nearby patches of urban bushland,’ she said.

‘This is not always as successful as it could be, but quendas have a better chance of survival if they are moved to an area that has been identified and prepared for their arrival.’