A place to call home: housing our native wildlife
18 December 2015
Giving native wildlife a place to call home will be the focus for a regional forum early next year.
Facilitated by Local Land Services, the one-day Hollows for Habitat Forum on Tuesday 9 February will bring together residents, local experts and community groups in a bid to showcase the benefits of using tree hollows to create habitats for local animals.
Greater Sydney Local Land Services Officer Maree Whelan said the community was invited to come along and explore the types of suitable habitat for local tree dwelling endangered species, including owls.
''Threatened species such as the Powerful Owl need hollows to live and raise their young, and unfortunately many of our larger hollow bearing trees have been cleared to make way for development," she said.
'It is vital we provide habitat for native animals rather than just cutting dead or dying trees down we can create homes for native animals including endangered species and that's what this event is all about."
The forum presented by Hunter and Greater Sydney Local Land Services in partnership with the University of Newcastle will feature practical demonstrations by arborists as well as expert information on the latest research, field trials and ongoing management of bushland habitat.
Mrs Whelan said environmental practitioners and managers of bushland such as Landcare and Bushcare groups, regenerators, arborists, tertiary students, landholders or anyone with an interest in local wildlife was welcome to attend.
It is estimated that 15 per cent of Australian vertebrate species use natural tree hollows for nesting, raising young and housing. In NSW alone, over 150 species of wildlife are what's known as obligate hollow users. Around 40 of these species are listed as vulnerable or endangered.
Tickets are $22 and lunch will be provided. Places are limited and registrations are essential. To register, visit the events page or call Maree Whelan on 4355 8200.
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