Volunteers needed to protect wombats

Volunteer call-out: Local wombat populations are in desperate need of volunteers to help treat them for mange and monitor their activity.
Volunteer call-out: Local wombat populations are in desperate need of volunteers to help treat them for mange and monitor their activity.

Conservation Volunteers Australia is calling on residents to help preserve Macarthur’s diminishing wombat population.

In partnership with Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Camden Airport, the association wants locals to join a conservation program aimed at treating mange in Camden’s wild bare-nosed wombats.

Wombats with mange are treated through the installation of an ointment-dispensing flap at the entrance to their burrows. When the creatures leave their burrows to feed at night, they will receive a small dose.

Local volunteers are needed to help wombats near Camden Airport and will be trained by a team leader.

Volunteers must survey and map wombat burrows, make weekly visits to install burrow flaps and monitor wombat activity. No previous experience is required, all training and equipment is provided. All volunteers must attend a scheduled site induction session.

A session will be held on the mornings of Tuesday, May 23 and Saturday, May 27. Details: conservationvolunteers.com.au, 4228 9246.