Forest visit opens eyes to nature

By Country News on December 03, 2015

A recent visit to One Eye Forest was an eye-opener for more than 40 people.

The importance of different types and ages of vegetation and trees in supporting the region’s native wildlife was highlighted at the Whroo Goldfields Conservation Management Network field day near Heathcote on October 25.

Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority CMN co-ordinator Janice Mentiplay-Smith said 44 people listened to guest speaker Chris Tzaros from Birds, Bush and Beyond as they toured the site.

‘‘Chris explained interesting facts about the landscape that we often overlook or don’t even know are there, for example how the mixture of eucalypt species is so important when it comes to supplying a food source for resident and migratory birds,’’ Ms Mentiplay-Smith said.

‘‘We looked at how differences in height of the landscape elevation — even just a few metres — plays an important part when determining which wildlife will move where, and how a water source and even the amount of canopy or size of a tree’s trunk will affect the types of wildlife in the area.’’

Ms Mentiplay-Smith said the lack of old trees was startling.

‘‘When we don’t have these old trees we don’t have tree hollows and our native fauna — such as brush-tailed phascogales, squirrel gliders, antechinus and sugar gliders — all need hollows.’’

The Whroo Goldfields CMN has been installing nest boxes in the region to provide artificial hollows for wildlife to shelter in as part of the 1000 Hollows Project.

During the event, Ms Mentiplay-Smith thanked nest box monitor Orlando Talamo for his five years of hard work and dedication to the nest box program and presented him with a signed, framed photograph of a brush-tailed phascogale as a token of the CMN’s appreciation.

By Country News on December 03, 2015
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