The Woodland Bird Connection
There are well over 700 species of bird in Australia, 33% of which live in woodland areas. So, if you live in an area of woodland, you might expect to see at least 100 species, maybe even 200! But have you ever wondered why you only see a few of our amazing native birds on your property and not the others? It’s most likely because each species has adapted and evolved to specific habitats where they shelter, forage and breed but unfortunately, since European settlement, a lot of woodland bird habitat has been cleared, fragmented or simplified and can no longer support the vast array of species that once thrived.
Of those 200, a recent plan by BirdLife Australia has identified a whopping 51 woodland bird species that are in severe decline across Eastern Australia, including critically endangered Swift Parrot and Regent Honeyeater, with 35-40 of these found in woodlands in NSW.
Your actions can contribute to woodland and species recovery.
You can reverse this trend by protecting, replanting and connecting our woodlands. A little bit of information can go a long way, like this guide to designing and implementing woodland bird habitat on your property. The key is size and connectivity!
Talk to your nearest Local Land Services office about the right plant species list for your area and how to prepare the ground for a successful planting by calling 1300 795 299.