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Construction underway on massive feral-free area in the Pilliga


The Greater Bilby is set to be reintroduced in the Pilliga forest after becoming extinct in NSW more than 100 years ago. Working with the NSW Government under its Saving our Species program, AWC has commenced work on the construction of a specially designed, 32 kilometre, feral cat and fox-proof fence to create a secure 5,800 hectare, feral predator-free area into which wild Bilbies will be reintroduced.

Over the next two months, the AWC team will install around 6,500 fence pickets, roll-out 300 kms of plain wire, and attach 750,000 clips (to hold netting in place). Once the fence is completed, all feral cats and foxes will be removed from the 5,800 hectares of forest, ready for the arrival of Bilbies in November.

The Pilliga Bilby population will, over time, grow to an estimated 850 animals, almost 10 per cent of the total Australian population. Other threatened species to be reintroduced will include the Bridled Nailtail Wallaby, the Brush-tailed Bettong and the Western Quoll.


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