BCM Launches Bilby Conservation Project

BCM’s Rangers have recently set up a series of motion cameras that will let them monitor and protect the fragile Bilby population on Banjima Country.

In partnership with Rangelands Natural Resource Management (NRM), our Rangers will continue deploying monitoring cameras to anlayse Bilby (Macrotis lagotis) habitats across Banjima's traditional lands in the Pilbara. The project, set to run for four months, will help our Rangers identify threats to these small marsupials and plan future management strategies to help protect them.

“The Bilby project builds on our own caring for country plan, which has a big focus on conserving Banjima Country's native flora and fauna," explained BCM manager Joshua Pepall.

"But it's also important work that builds the knowledge of our own young Banjima Rangers, so they can manage these types of conservation projects in the future."

According to Rangelands NRM, the mayority of remaining Bilby distribution in WA is on traditional owner-managed Country — especially in the central and western desert Country. Without public support, indigenous rangers will have a difficult task in protecting Bilbies in these areas. Efforts across the Pilbara to control factors like feral predators will be important to the conservation of these and other native species.

This BCM project is supported by Rangelands NRM through funding from the National Landcare Program and is scheduled to run from September to December.

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