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Greening Australia homes for Black Footed Tree Rats

November 15, 2017

Rakhi Retreat is participating in the Black Footed Tree Rat trial

Greening Australia has provided 5 tree boxes to be monitored.

One friend was aghast that we should be encouraging rats -

it should be noted that these fellas are marsupials and more distantly related to rats than we are

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Black Footed Tree Rat is a prime suspect for eating our pumpkin crops

they stand in the line up with the local 

wallabies and possums

 

but we have had enough to share

and chicken wire domes seem to keep them at bay 

 

the boxes are in different trees in different habitat types on the property

-an Ironwood and a couple of wooly butt in the woodland

-a Canarium austalianum in the marginal rainforest

-a black wattle on the paperbark forest verge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The green Army have been helping out with weed control and brought their camera on a stick to see if there is anyone home

 

none yet

 

but the boxes are yet to be up for a month

 

they noted the tree species and orientation of the boxes. over time they will gather data on the surrounding habitat

 

 

we will keep you posted as the trial progresses

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