Woodland Birds

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Over the last 200 years, more than 3/4 of Australia's temperate woodlands have been cleared.

As a result some woodland bird species have been lost to certain areas. While over ¼ of remaining species are listed as threatened, or are in serious decline. Luckily in some places of South Eastern Australia there is still a rich and spectacular range of Woodland bird species.

Many of these species depend on the private land managed by farmers for their ongoing survival. Bird species are very useful indicators of woodland health.

Once woodlands start to decline or are removed, bird populations will soon suffer. Conversely once woodland habitat is improved, bird species will soon colonise new or improved areas.

An informed and involved community, involved in monitoring woodland bird species will create a wider awareness of the health of these species and the woodlands on which they depend.

This awareness will hopefully see a continued interest in preserving and increasing the areas of vital woodland habitats in productive farming landscapes.

The woodland and bird monitoring project will see landholders trained by Birdlife Australia in woodland bird monitoring techniques and bird identification. Following this training, community members and farmers will be invited to partake in woodland bird monitoring events several times a year over the next four years.

Data collected will be reported back through local Landcare Groups and Networks to inform the broader community of findings and the importance of woodlands, and be used to monitor the health of woodlands and woodland bird populations.

Three focus areas for woodland bird monitoring will be established including on the Budj Bim landscape and in the Southern Grampians through the Panyyabyr Landcare Group.

Another way to help woodland birds in the Glenelg Hopkins catchment area is to monitor birds on your property. This information is useful in determining the population status of woodland birds (especially for endangered or threatened species).

The information collected can also help measure the benefits of environmental work or tree planting/regeneration for woodland birds.

People can get involved by contacting Dave Nichols of the Glenelg Hopkins CMA on 55 712 526 or via email at d.nichols@ghcma.vic.gov.au

Acknowledgements: Ingwersen, D. and Tzaros, C. (2011). Woodland Birds; The Next Generation. Wingspan; Winter 2011.

Photo: Rob Drummond.