The B4C water mouse habitat preservation in Lower Bulimba Creek project started in November 2019 and it runs for 3 years. The project is funded by the Queensland Department of Environment and Science’s Community Sustainability Action grant program for Threatened Species.
The aim of the project is to improve habitat for the water mouse, through weed control and pest reduction in Lower Bulimba Creek. It also involves monitoring for signs of the water mouse.
After recognising suitable habitat, B4C applied for the grant. The project areas are the Oxbow and Doboy Wetlands. These wetlands have been brought back from a highly degraded state.
Mangroves are high in biodiversity. So looking after the habitat for this threatened species helps many others.
About the water mouse (Xeromys myoides)
The water mouse is a small, native rodent with a combined head and body length of around 12 cm and a tail length of about 10 cm. The species has small eyes, a broad snout and small rounded ears. The fur is very silky and water-resistant. (Source: QLD Dept of Environment & Science).
See below for examples of the habitat work that has been done so far.
There will be soil and water monitoring coming up too and we can provide you more details about that and general progress in a future update.