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Feral predator-free project

The feral predator-free project is one of the most significant projects to restore and rewild threatened fauna in New South Wales’ history.

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The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is undertaking a world-leading project to establish a network of large feral predator-free areas across the national park estate. Four new feral predator-free areas will pave the way to return wildlife lost from our national parks due to feral cats and foxes.

More than 50 threatened species are expected to benefit. This includes over 25 locally extinct species and more than 30 threatened species currently surviving in national parks. Species include the bilby, the numbat and the eastern bettong, which are currently listed as extinct in NSW.

Four new sites across the state have been identified for the project:

  • North Coast: Ngambaa Nature Reserve, near Macksville, fenced area approx. 3000 ha
  • Central West: Yathong Nature Reserve, near Cobar, fenced area approx. 40,000 ha
  • South East NSW: Eden–Bombala region, fenced area approx. 2000 ha
  • Western Sydney: Shanes Park, fenced area approx. 500 ha

These 4 new areas will combine with 3 existing areas in Western NSW to establish almost 65,000 hectares of feral predator-free bushland.

The project involves the installation of specially designed conservation fencing to protect important refuges, and the eradication of feral cats and foxes from within the fenced areas. This is followed by the reintroduction of threatened and declining species to restore ecological health and functioning.

The approach reflects a broad scientific consensus about the importance of feral-free areas. The areas have already prevented more than a dozen extinctions nationally and are key in turning back the tide of extinctions.

Visit the Feral predator-free areas project web page to find out more.

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