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The male chuditch captured at Lowlands Nature Reserve.

Chuditch discovered in Serpentine

Parks and Wildlife staff made an exciting discovery last week when they trapped a male chuditch (Dasyurus geoffroii), while undertaking native animal monitoring at Lowlands Nature Reserve near Serpentine. It is the first time a chuditch has been captured in the reserve for 20 years. The capture followed a sighting of a chuditch from a remote camera in late April - the first sighting of the species in this reserve since 2000. The capture and remote cameras are part of a fauna monitoring program at the reserve targeting threatened native mammal species the quenda, brushtail possum and rakali (or water rat) to track their numbers and response to management actions such as fox-baiting. Swan Coastal District Manager Brett Fitzgerald said the capture highlighted the increasing…

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Lake Hillier

Middle Island - the jewel in the crown

The distinctive pink lake on Middle Island near Esperance will be better protected following an increased focus on balancing visitation with the natural values of the island. Strategies are being developed by Parks and Wildlife in conjunction with stakeholders to better manage the unique ecology of Middle Island near Esperance, while still allowing visitors to experience the unique island. The 985ha island, which is 121km east south east of Esperance, is home to the popular tourist attraction Lake Hillier. Although the lake is remote and difficult to access, it attracts many domestic and international visitors each year. Parks and Wildlife Esperance district manager Rob Blok said more tourists were visiting the lake because of its distinctive pink colour, caused by low levels of nutrients and…

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Prescribed burning result best in 29 years

Prescribed burning result best in 29 years

Prescribed burning an essential tool to protect communities Burning creates lower fuel loads across larger areas of the State's south-west helping to reduce the severity and size of bushfires Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced that about 238,000 hectares of prescribed burning had been achieved this season - the best outcome in 29 years. The last time an amount of this magnitude was achieved was 1987-88, when 252,000ha were burnt. Prescribed burning significantly reduces the threat and severity of damaging bushfires, minimising the risk to life and infrastructure. Since July 1, 2016, the Department of Parks and Wildlife has completed 91 burns in national parks, conservation reserves and State forests, from Gingin in the north to Denmark on the south coast as well as in…

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Rock wallabies released into Kalbarri National Park

Rock wallabies released into Kalbarri National Park

Black-flanked rock wallabies have been released into Kalbarri National Park in the Mid-West as part of an effort to re-establish a population of the threatened species in the park. A total of 23 radio-collared rock wallabies from three Wheatbelt populations were translocated by Department of Parks and Wildlife staff and volunteers, with assistance from WWF Australia. Black-flanked rock wallabies were considered extinct from the park for 20 years, until two wallabies were filmed in a gorge in 2015. The sighting was later confirmed by Parks and Wildlife camera monitoring. To date, 46 radio-collared rock wallabies have been released into the park from the Wheatbelt, with 23 introduced last year. Monitoring has shown only one animal from last year's translocation is known to have died and…

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Mountain biker cycles into Munda Biddi record book

Mountain biker cycles into Munda Biddi record book

An elite international mountain bike racer has set the fastest official recorded end-to-end of the 1000km Munda Biddi Trail. Perth man Declan von Dietze, 22, departed Albany on his mountain bike on Sunday 30 April, and reached the northern end of the trail in Mundaring on Thursday 4 May in a time of four days, six hours and 39 minutes.

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