Sightings and reports
March – A security officer working for the light rail development said he saw a bandicoot on the council strip lawn at the corner of Rosedale St and Windsor Rd, Dulwich Hill. Someone who spoke to the guard said: “He went to take a closer look with his torch and it hopped across the road to Rosedale St. He saw the short tail. Showed me the size with his hands. Sounds like it was a juvenille.”
July 12 – A veteran bushcare volunteer saw a long-nosed bandicoot in the rail corridor near Little St, Dulwich Hill, about midday. He said it look a little dazed and one of its flanks appeared to be wet, possibly suggesting it had been injured.
February – Dulwich Hill resident photographed one in their backyard. (Greenway website)
November – The owner of a property in The Boulevarde, Dulwich Hill, reported seeing a bandicoot several times. The Greenway biodiversity officer inspected the garden and found several small conical holes typically of bandicoots foraging. (Greenway website)
NSW Scientific Committee lists the inner west population of long-nosed bandicoots as an endangered population, which means the population is at a high risk of extinction.
September – DECC Researchers searched every park from Cooks River to Concord West – 88 of them – hoping to find evidence of a source population from which the Dulwich Hill population had dispersed. No other population was found. (Leary et al 2010)
September – The researchers were informed of a small population of between four and seven bandicoots on church land, which includes a retirement village and nursing home, at Lewisham. They subsequently trapped and fitted two female bandicoots with radio collars and tracked them for several days and discovered they nested under houses and the now-demolished Lewisham Hospital, and foraged on lawns and in garden beds of the nursing home and surrounding homes. (Leary et al 2010)
March – Staff employed by Australian Museum Business Services, which was contracted by Marrickville Council to conduct a biodiversity survey for the entire municipality, found a bandicoot carcass in the light rail corridor next to Johnson Park, Dulwich Hill. (Australian Museum Business Services)
February – A carcass of a bandicoot was found in the Dulwich Hill light rail corridor. (AMBS 2007)
April – Residents of a church property at Lewisham saw a female with three offspring around Easter. (Leary et al 2010)
November – A bandicoot was killed by a car in Dulwich Hill. (Leary et al 2010)
Researchers from the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water’s Parks and Wildlife Division staff laid traps and hair tubes along the rail corridor but caught only rats and mice. (Leary et al 2010)
October – Dulwich Hill resident reported seeing one, which led to state wildlife officers trapping an adult male. There was more than one, though, because the officers recorded fresh diggings after the first one was removed. (Leary et al 2010)
1964-2001 No recorded sightings of bandicoots in the inner west. (Leary et al 2010)
To 1964 Bandicoots along the Cook’s River and towards Rockdale (Leary et al 2010).
To 1958 Bandicoots abundant in Dulwich Hill backyards (Leary et al 2010).