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Bents Basin wombat program

Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Overview

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Wombats aren’t just cute – they’re also 'nature's bulldozers' and the most intelligent marsupial. In Bents Basin State Conservation Area they're threatened by mange. Help us treat them to ensure their ongoing presence in this area.

Work
Specific threatened species (plants or animals)
When
Runs throughout the year
Where
Bents Basin State Conservation Area
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Medium. Suitable for adults and teens 18 years and over, with medium fitness. You'll walk along creek lines, riverbanks, cliff edges and in steep and sometimes thickly vegetated rough terrain, in all weather.
Price
Free
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Left untreated, wombats with sarcoptic mange die a slow and painful death. Early treatment resolves the disease, and treated wombats aren't likely to be reinfested.

This pilot program for treating wombats with mange relies on volunteers. You’ll help us monitor wombat health and understand the treatment's effectiveness. Wombats with mange are treated in their own environment and administer their own treatment when they brush under a burrow flap that releases ointment as they enter and leave their warrens.

Volunteer work includes:

  • Making burrow flaps
  • Trialling the flaps on wombat warrens and monitoring wombats’ reactions and burrows using remote sensing cameras
  • Putting the treatment on burrow flaps
  • Uploading camera data and tagging photos to identify wombats with mange, healthy animals and other wildlife.

Great things you’ll learn include using GPS and remote sensing cameras. All training is provided. It's a good idea to bring lunch, camera, insect repellant and change of shoes to travel home in.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Park info

  • in Bents Basin State Conservation Area in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • The park gates open at 9am all year round and close at 5pm (May to Sept) and 8pm (Oct to Apr). The park may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $8 per vehicle per day. The park has pay and display machines that accept both coin and card.

    Buy annual pass
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Nepean River, Bents Basin State Conservation Area. Photo: John Yurasek