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Reconnecting Nectar-Lovers

Blog Post - Image credit - Peter Sawyer

Little is known about the movement patterns and local habitat use of nectivorous birds, while formal records of their presence on a local scale are sparse in a number of important districts. A concerted effort is needed to build knowledge about the location and habitat use of threatened nectivorous species.

This co-funded Saving Our Species project will target a core set of recovery strategies shared by several nectivorous bird species: Painted and Black-chinned honeyeaters, Little Lorikeet, Swift Parrot, and Dusky Woodswallow. Associated benefits will likely extend to other species (eg Regent Honeyeater, Grey-headed Flying Fox, Squirrel Glider, Brown Treecreeper).

The conservation plan, which is currently being developed, highlights the importance of community engagement and data collection as complementing on-ground restoration and enhancement of core habitat and foraging areas through:

Engagement of landholders and volunteer community groups in survey and mapping activities to encourage communities to become more aware of the importance of their district for supporting often poorly-recognised threatened species;

Encouraging targeted management of key food resources and other habitat resources (hollow-bearing trees, understory structure, etc.) to ensure sites remain viable to support transit stops and breeding sites key times of the year; and

Preparation for infill plantings and other active site restoration in priority locations where outcomes can be maintained and enhanced through ongoing effort.

The project will address a significant knowledge gap about the health of woodland bird populations on private land.For the landholders, the project will provide them with

(a) better knowledge and appreciation of the birds on different parts of their property,

(b) guidelines and encouragement for targeted actions to improve their farm’s health and long-term sustainability,

(c) the opportunity to contribute to citizen science on their home turf, and

(d) exposure to and involvement in large-scale not-for-profit conservation initiatives.

 

This project has been supported by the New South Wales Government’s Saving our Species program through its Office of Environment and Heritage.

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