Join the possum count in Lake Clifton and Dawesville.

Join the possum count in Lake Clifton and Dawesville.

MEMBERS of the community are invited to count Western Ringtail Possums during the inaugural Western Ringtail Tally in April and May.

Department of Parks and Wildlife regional ecologist Dr Geoff Barrett said residents are asked to count how many ringtails visit their gardens during an evening, over a four week period from April 18 to May 23.

Western Ringtails are endangered and their numbers are in decline.

The data collected in the tally will help to build knowledge about Ringtail populations, which can be used as a reference for population trends, future planning decisions and conservation projects.

GeoCatch, in partnership with the DPaW, are running a month-long survey.

The Western Ringtail possums are seen around Busselton, Dunsborough and Mandurah. Western ringtail possums seem to be moving from Yalgorup National Park and into the suburbs around Lake Clifton and southern Dawsville.

Their population is shrinking each year with habitat loss and predation.

To take part email geoff.barrett@dpaw.wa.gov.au or call 0418 953 050 or 0427 017 131.

The Western Ringtail Possum can be seen in Yalgorup National Park, Lake Clifton and Dawesville.