Farmers 4 Fauna project aims to protect numbats from feral animals

Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) in Dryandra Woodland (photo courtesy of Rob McLean from Numbat Taskforce).
Numbat (Myrmecobius fasciatus) in Dryandra Woodland (photo courtesy of Rob McLean from Numbat Taskforce).

THE PEEL-Harvey Catchment Council (PHCC), Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and Project Numbat will partner up and provide support to landholders near Dryandra Woodland in an effort to protect properties from feral animals.

Dryandra is the only area in WA where numbats live where they have not been re-introduced.

Numbats are one of the 20 mammals identified in the Commonwealth Government’s Threatened Species Strategy that acknowledges the role farmers and private landholders play in the conservation of native animals.

The PHCC and Project Numbat would engage with surrounding landholders who are enthusiastic about playing a significant role in the protection of native animals through the Farmers 4 Fauna project.

The PHCC, DBCA, Project Numbat and the Farming community would increase the number of native animals in and around the Park, and minimise risks to agriculture from disease and predation by foxes and feral cats.

PHCC Chairman Andy Gulliver said the Farmers 4 Fauna project would be a great example of how successful partnerships can achieve fantastic things for the community and environment.

“This project will result in meaningful support for some of our most treasured native species, in one of the most significant bushland remnants remaining across the West Australian Wheatbelt,” he said.

“We thank both the DBCA and Project Numbat for all their hard work in the development and initiation of this great project, and our Farming community for their enthusiasm in playing a key role in protecting our native animals.”

Farmers around Dryandra would now have access to free cat traps and 1080 baits which have been provided to the Shires of Cuballing, Narrogin, Wandering and Williams.

Training and licensing support would also be provided, as well as events and field days which would continue to bring the Farming community together to share information and success stories.

Monitoring would continue to assess the impact of the actions and focus efforts to areas of most need.

The Farmers 4 Fauna project is supported by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.