Possums say hello to bridge
RINGTAIL possums at Dawesville have taken to the gumnut possum bridge slung between trees across a busy residential road.
The bridge, supported by tug boat ropes, is the brainchild of local conservationist Alison Dixon and supplies a safe crossover between the bush and the possum’s feeding grounds.
It was launched last month with funding from the National Landcare Funding Program, Peel-Harvey Catchment Council and the City of Mandurah and co-ordinated by Bouvard Coast Care Group. It was a first for the Peel region.
Organisers hoped the bridge would raise awareness of an endangered species and said it was testament to what could be achieved by volunteers.
Possums began using the bridge shortly after the launch, according to photos from a 24-hour camera that recorded action on the bridge for two weeks.
Once found throughout southwestern Australia, ringtails are on the critically endangered list and could be extinct within 20 years if nothing is done to save them.
The western ringtail lives for about four years and forages, nests and socialises in the forest canopy.
Best of the verse
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Cats lag in second place at just 25 per cent.
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One little possum ventures across the new bridge.
MC Rob Gunn with Chris Taylor, Geoff Maughan and judges Bill Gordon and John Hayes.