Bandicoots need backyard gardens to boost survival hopes

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Urban backyards are an important habitat as part of wider efforts to protect native animals, conservationists have said.

Ian Darbyshire from the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife said Adelaide Hills residents, for example, could do simple things to help preserve the region's southern brown bandicoot population, which is in decline.

"Plant some native species — keep your own pets under control, talk to your neighbours [and] see if they will do the same," he said.

"[People can] create some corridors throughout the Mount Lofty Ranges [Adelaide Hills] so the animals can move around, mate, meet and spread the gene pool around."