Reports of rare rat prompts Roxanne’s research

The rare native swamp rat could be making a comeback, according to reports from Hills residents.

Roxanne Stocker is conducting a survey into a possible rise in the numbers of swamp rats.

The Murray-Darling Basin Natural Resources Management Board at Strathalbyn has received an increase in people reporting sightings and evidence  of the creature in the past five years, prompting a survey into the animal’s distribution in SA.
The swamp rat is a native rodent found in waterways with reeds, sedges and low-level vegetation.
It was was once found all over SA coasts and plains but its numbers diminished though a loss of habitat due to farming and land clearance.
But the recent reports have raised questions about their numbers and why they could be increasing.

For the full report, see the print issue of The Courier.