‘Bruce’ the bandicoot at the Ridgetop Retreats
Prior to European settlement the Southern Brown Bandicoot was wide spread
throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges but it is now a fairly rare sighting.
Indeed, of the eight species of Bilby and Bandicoot that could be found in South Australia
the Southern Brown Bandicoot is now the only one remaining.
Fortunately, Deep Creek Conservation Park provides an important refuge for this marsupial.
They are predominantly solitary and nocturnal although day time sightings are not uncommon.
Typical life expectancy is between 3 and 5 years.
‘Bruce’ calling in to say hello on his morning walk at the Ridgetop Retreats
Bandicoots are omnivorous but principally eat anything that crawls or flies in the insect world.
Their diet is further supplemented by plant matter such as grasses, fungi, fruits, and seeds.
Dense ground cover such as that found in Deep Creek is essential for their survival
with threats primarily coming from birds of prey, dogs, foxes, and cats.
During the past three years, the Ridgetop Retreats have become ‘home’ to
several bandicoots who live in the native vegetation that surrounds them.
Guests are frequently welcomed on their patio by ‘Bruce’ who is very inquisitive.
Check out this short video of him ‘on the scrounge’ here
Flaming fungus – Deep Creek Conservation Park
Ok, yes its true. Fungi don’t quite have the same magnetic appeal of
say a furry animal but that does not make them any less interesting.
Did you know that fungi are neither plant nor animal.
They play a vital role in the breakdown of other organisms
and are the great recyclers of our ecosystem.
Put simply, plants produce, animals consume but fungi recycle.
Equally less well known is the fact the Deep Creek Conservation Park
is a mecca for different fungi. The Stringybark Walking Trail in particular
is somewhat of a fungal hot spot due to the type of vegetation
and favourable conditions that have prevailed for many years.
To fully appreciate the sheer diversity in shape, colour and size
a visit to this trail during June and July is a must.
The trail is suitable for the whole family and can be easily completed
in 20-30 minutes but allow time to marvel at what lies at your feet.
For a more extensive account of this amazing living organism see the
Fungi emerge in many shapes, sizes and colours along the Stringybark trail