Boodie warrens improve the health of soils and plants

Date: 26, Aug, 2021
Author(s): Bryony Palmer   Cheryl Lohr  

Boodies disappeared at Matuwa about 50 years ago becuase of the impacts of feral cats, cattle, rabbits, and changing fire regimes. Boodies dig warrens, as well as small, shallow digs while feeding. Their digging helps to loosen and mix soils and it may also improve nutrient cycling and water retention. In 2010, we reintroduced boodies to Matuwa to an area with predator-exclusion fencing and measured the impacts on soil, vegetation, and on other animals in the region that may also use boodie warrens.