ABC has the news that the feral-proof fence around a big chunk of Mulligan’s Flat (next to Forde) has now been finished.
A project of the BOB (Bush on Boundary) group of environment organisations, the purpose of this fence is to preserve a section of grassy box woodland in a feral-free state, and even allow reintroduction of some long-lost species of the region such as bettongs, that have been highly prone to foxes and cats. Probably allow restoration of some plant species hammered by bunnies too.
With the fence now in place, I imagine the next stage will be to eradicate any ferals inside, and possible ‘balance’ the numbers of roos in there too. (Is this going to trigger another protest? Bunnies and pussies are so cute – surely they should just be relocated??)
Once in place, studies can be done to give a real picture of the damage done by ferals (and imbalanced natives too), vs what goes on outside the fence. Be interesting to see the changes over the next few years.
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[ED – The Chiefly One’s media release is also available.]