Bring Back the Eastern Barred Bandicoot

Join us at Woodlands Historic Park, just a stone’s throw away from Melbourne Airport. Here, nestled within a 230-Hectare Sanctuary, lies one of Victoria’s last pockets of native grasslands – a crucial habitat for one of Australia’s most precious mammals, the Eastern Barred Bandicoot (EBB). 

Once thriving across Victoria’s volcanic plains and grasslands, the EBB faced a devastating decline, dwindling to less than 150 individuals by 1989. Habitat loss and predation pushed this species to the brink, leading to its classification as Extinct in the Wild on mainland Australia in 2013. 

But there’s hope on the horizon! Thanks to the collective efforts from CVA staff and volunteers, alongside Parks Victoria and the broader EBB Recovery Team, we’ve achieved a remarkable milestone: in June 2021, the conservation status of the EBB was reclassified from Extinct in the Wild to Endangered! This groundbreaking achievement underscores the power of collective action in conservation. 

By joining this project, you will be led by our knowledgeable Project Officers and undertake activities to help safeguard the EBB’s future, including: 

  • Rejuvenating vital grasslands through weeding activities
  • Assisting with surveying and maintaining predator exclusion fencing
  • And (in season) monitoring the EBB population

This project is supported and funded by Parks Victoria. 


Can’t attend events on the ground?

We know that it’s not always easy to find time to volunteer with us, so we’ve created ways for people to take action anywhere, anytime. Everyone can take part and help build resilience and adaptation to climate change!

Take action from home with our two app-led activities available on our CVA Community app:

  • Contribute to cooling your neighbourhood by planting climate-resilient native species in your backyard or on your balcony with Nature Blocks.
  • Lower your household carbon footprint by participating in the SeaToSource Plastic Waste Challenge and cutting back on your consumption of fossil fuel-based plastics.


Download the CVA Community app and get started now!


🌟 Why Become a CVA Nature Steward? 🌟

  • Inspiration: Be a part of something bigger than yourself.
  • Empowerment: Your actions can change the course of nature.
  • Personal Connection: We speak your language and make it relatable.
  • Inclusivity: Everyone is welcome, and every contribution counts.
  • Optimism: Focus on win-win scenarios for nature and people.
  • Action-Oriented: Immediate, tangible steps you can take.
  • Fun: Enjoy the journey of making a difference.
  • Education: Learn about biodiversity and conservation while having a blast!