Native vegetation plays an enormous part in the welfare and survival of Australian native animals.
Vegetation, habitat and biodiversity are intrinsically connected and when one declines it causes a domino effect where the decline of one is a result of a change in another.
Glenelg Hopkins CMA facilitates many projects and programs in partnership with landowners and the community to protect vegetation and habitat to prevent more animals from being wiped out.
The CMA assists the protection of flora and fauna in the Glenelg Hopkins by:
- the implementation of the Glenelg Hopkins Weed and Rabbit Action plans.
- developing a regional native vegetation plan, highlighting the priority vegetation communities (and their associated fauna) in need of urgent protection
- Protection through fencing of significant wetlands throughout the region
- Provision of funding to address priority pest plans such as gorse and blackberry
The CMA is working with communities, local government authorities and private enterprise to raise the awareness of threatened and vulnerable species such as the eastern barred bandicoot, the red-tailed black cockatoo and the platypus.
- Each year Australia clears three times more native vegetation than it replants.
- Every two minutes Australia clears an area the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
- One in four Australian mammal species are now extinct or threatened.
- Clearing land at the current rate will cause the loss of 50 per cent of Australia’s native bird species.
Woodland birds on show in Dunkeld
Armed with binoculars, cameras and ID books, 20 keen bird watchers participated in the first Woodland Bird Project count for 2017, providing monitoring data to measure the impacts of Landcare restoration efforts by local farmers.
Rare blackfish found in Caramut creek
Three Caramut kids had a slippery and scientific start to the school holidays .
Keeping an eye on woodland birds
Declining woodland bird species the Red-capped Robin is back in the Ararat Hills.
Celebrating the local CFA
Local Country Fire Authorities were celebrated at a community meeting in Wickliffe last week
Removing pines for Red-tailed Black Cockatoos
Saving the endangered Red-tailed Black Cockatoos is the aim of a recent push by Glenelg Hopkins.
Sean Dooley, the ‘Birdman’ to speak at Forum
A WOODLAND Bird Forum evening is to be held at Dunkeld on June 18, raising awareness of the importance of declining woodland habitat. This habitat is of vital importance to the woodland birds of South Eastern Australia. The project is supported by Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority through funding from the Australia
An Evening with the Birds
Upper Hopkins Land Management Group (UHLMG) hosted a well attended "Evening with the Birds" in Ararat on April 14th.