Wombat care was on the agenda for Frensham students this week.
On December 2 students in years 8 and 9 undertook wombat maintenance activities as part of the school's Jamieson Week program.
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Deputy head of Frensham Geoff Marsh said the week was about community service and giving back to the people who had supported the school all year.
"The students get to understand what service feels like," Mr Marsh said.
At Gibbergunyah and Spring Vale properties in Mittagong, the students made burrow flaps that apply mange treatment to wombats. The group repaired old burrow flaps and made new ones.
The girls also mapped and collected data on wombat burrows for womsat, an app developed by professor Julie Old from Western Sydney University to record and monitor wombat populations, the prevalence of mange, and deaths caused by humans. Frensham was enlisted to map the wombat burrows due to a mange crisis between Centennial Winery and Hume Highway, Welby.
The girls logged into the app, took photos and entered the coordinates of each burrow.
The students focused on home burrows - identified by droppings not too far from the entrance. Other burrows may be used as bolt holes but are not necessary to treat mange.
Wombat maintenance is part of Jamieson Week - held annually in the last week of the Frensham school year. Jamieson Week allows students to finish their school year with community service activities around the district including wombat maintenance, planting and vegetation maintenance along the Wingecarribee River, assembling hampers for Anglicare Toys'n'Tucker and singing Christmas carols to residents at nursing homes in the Southern Highlands.
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