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Bush Crew Diaries
Over the years Council’s Plenty River Bush Crew alongside the volunteers of the Friends of Plenty River have gone to great lengths to conserve and revegetate the Plenty River wildlife corridor. As the river runs through a highly urbanised area this corridor is of immense importance. The vast majority of wildlife cannot travel through the suburbs of Melbourne to the adjoining Yarra River without the protection and food sources it provides.
Recently the Bush Crew have installed motion cameras along the Plenty to observe what species were using the corridor. We were over the moon to find a female wombat with a joey on one of our sites. This has brought the crew so much joy as years of conservation efforts seem to be paying off.
However an extremely worrying observation was that three of the wombat’s biggest threats were also caught on the same camera; dogs, people and foxes. Dogs can cause physical harm and are brought in by people, who cause disturbance, erode and collapse burrows. Foxes who will attack wombats also spread the parasitic disease mange as they move between burrows. This a condition where parasitic mites dig into the skin of the animal and feed off its muscle tissue. The animals become extremely itchy and can result in loss of hair, skin infections and often death by secondary infection. It is spread by contact, making it extremely contagious. Nationally it is the number one threat to wombats.
To help with the sustainability of wombat populations you can do your bit by keeping your dogs on a leash and staying away from the vegetation along the river banks.
Thanks for your help - Bush Crew