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    Field Day to Focus on Habitat for Woodland Birds

    Bush4Birds3TOSFSquareSmallSouthern New England Landcare will host a field day on Saturday 1st December targeting bird lovers and landholders who are keen to skill up on revegetation and habitat creation techniques.

    "During the morning, we will be coached by ornithologist Andrew Huggett, on habitat design and monitoring techniques for threatened woodland birds," said Struan Ferguson, Southern New England Landcare Project Officer.

    "We may even spot some rare or threatened species," she said.

    "Then, after a delicious picnic lunch, we are planning several local revegetation experts to demonstrate ground preparation, weed control and watering options for revegetation projects," said Struan.

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    The field day is part of a landcare project among local graziers who will together, make progress on closing a 23 km gap in habitat connectivity for threatened woodland birds and other fauna from Mount Butler and Invergowrie in the west to Gara Gorge and Dangars Falls in the east. The three-year project is assisting landholders with fencing and native vegetation planting subsidies, along with technical assistance and expertise.

    "This particular field day is also going to interest anyone in our 'Trees on Small Farms' project, which aims to assist those on smaller holdings and who may also be new to revegetation, to implement sound practices on their properties," said Struan.

    During spring 2017 as part of the project, Southern New England Landcare engaged ornithologist Andrew Huggett of Insight Ecology, to conduct a bird survey, which recorded a total of 994 individual birds from 69 species. The results of the survey were presented to graziers involved in the project by Andrew Huggett at a field event on 29th September 2018. A poster illustrating the results of the bird suvey can be downloaded here.

    More details on the field day can be found at our events page or by downloading the flier here.

    If you are a landholder in the Uralla to Walcha districts and would like to participate in a project like this, please contact our office as we are currently (November 2018) preparing a further funding application and would love you to participate!

    The Functional Habitat for Threatened New England Fauna project seeks to protect and re-connect habitat for woodland birds and other fauna in a highly fragmented landscape. It is run by Southern New England Landcare, with funding from the NSW Environmental Trust and input from local landholders.

    Image – Eastern Yellow Robin courtesy Iestyn Taylor.

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