Western Ringtail Possums in Albany: core habitat, Abundance and Distribution
The City of Albany recently undertook a community fauna survey within Mount Melville/ Kardarup in Albany. The high number of WRP recorded in this Reserve suggests that Mount Melville might be a core area for this endangered species in Albany. This project aims to measure the abundance of the population, conﬁrm if it is a core area for WRP, identify satellite populations, determine movement patterns and habitat use within, as well as between reserves and adjacent areas (e.g. urban land use). The project will address a number of actions identiﬁed in the WRP Recovery Plan, including ‘support and develop programs aimed at identifying, restoring or creating suitable habitat, including ecological linkages for the species’. Additionally, it will engage community in implementing key actions in the recovery plan that will improve knowledge of core habitats in urban areas, and enhance involvement of a broad range of groups. Project results will be used to guide management activities.