Protecting woodland bird habitat for Regent Honeyeaters

This project was finalised on 30 June 2023. Funding applications will no longer be accepted.

In the North West NSW region, regent honeyeaters (RHE) have been recorded around Bingara, Barraba, Tamworth and further west towards the Pilliga. Much of the RHEs habitat is found on travelling stock reserves and private land, rather than National Parks. The threatening process that most impacts on RHE survival has been native vegetation clearing and fragmentation.

Remaining remnants can become unsuitable due to being small, isolated and under continual threat of reduced habitat quality, inadequate regeneration and noisy miner invasion.

Regent Honeyeater by Dean Ingwersen
Image by Dean Ingwersen 

This project aims to improve the management of RHE habitat and provide landscape connectivity by securing private landholder agreements. Noisy miner overabundance will be targeted as recommended by BirdLife Australia. Along with these actions, community awareness and landholder knowledge will be increased through one-on-one advice, holding events, media campaigns and signage.

Projects are sought in regent honeyeater habitat (mugga ironbark, casuarina, white box, yellow box) including riparian areas between Barraba and Mt Kaputar. Funded activities could include:

  • Fencing and water infrastructure
  • Grazing management
  • Riparian management
  • Regeneration or revegetation.

This project commenced in July 2018 and will conclude in June 2023 and is funded by the Australian Government.

Project contact: Angela Baker, Senior Land Services Officer on 0429 368 693 or email

Regent Honeyeater and Woodland Bird Surveys

In the video below, Dr. Stephen Debus talks about the regent honeyeater bird surveys which have been ongoing since 2016 in the North West.

Download a project proposal form PDF, 959.48 KB.

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