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Bents Basin wombat program

Bents Basin State Conservation Area

Overview

Volunteer activities

Our volunteer activities are being assessed for risk on a case-by-case basis. We need to determine which activities can operate safely within COVID-19 guidelines. Many volunteer bushcare activities have now recommenced. Check the Volunteer Information Portal to confirm the status of your volunteer activity.

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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
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
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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

 

Volunteer for bushfire recovery

Following this season's unprecedented bushfires, you can register your interest to help the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Saving our Species program rehabilitate and protect our threatened animals and plants.

Volunteers planting in Tomaree National Park. Photo: John Spencer/DPIE

 

Saving Our Species program

Australia is home to more than 500,000 animal and plant species, many of which are found nowhere else in the world. Saving our Species is a statewide conservation program that addresses the growing number of Australian animals and Australian native plants facing extinction.

Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) in a tree. Photo: Courtesy of Taronga Zoo/OEH
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Park info

  • in Bents Basin State Conservation Area in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Bents Basin State Conservation Area opens at 8am and closes at 5pm (8pm during daylight savings). 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 - cash and credit cards accepted.

    Buy annual pass
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