Bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) use drainage culverts to cross roads

  • Published source details Crook N., Cairns S.C. & Vernes K. (2013) Bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus) use drainage culverts to cross roads. Australian Mammalogy, 35, 23-29.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Install tunnels/culverts/underpass under roads

Action Link
Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Install tunnels/culverts/underpass under roads

    A study in 2010 of a road through forest and pastureland in New South Wales, Australia (Crook et al. 2013) found that bare-nosed wombats Vombatus ursinus used culverts to cross the road. Bare-nosed wombats used eight out of 19 monitored culverts. Wombats were recorded using culverts on 16 out of 190 camera-trap nights. One culvert was used three times in one night and three were used twice in one night. Other culverts were not used more than once in a night. The study was conducted along 8 km of a two-lane road. Nineteen concrete pipe culverts (40–60 cm diameter and 13–25 m long) were monitored between April and August 2010. A camera trap was set 1 m from each culvert entrance for 10 days. Five culverts were dry with earth substrate, nine were dry without earth substrate and five had constant water flow. Culverts were 40–2,200 m apart.

    (Summarised by: Ricardo Rocha)

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