Living SustainablyIssue 22 - December 2011
The Gilbert's Whistler will benefit from conservation works
An endangered ecological community in the Millewa precinct of the Murray Valley National Park has been boosted by a joint conservation project between the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Murray Catchment Management Authority.
More than 110 hectares of Sandhill Pine Woodland has been direct seeded to re-establish understorey plant species including wattle, hopbush and local saltbushes.
A combination of revegetation and regeneration works will enhance the habitat of a diverse range of woodland birds, including the threatened Superb Parrot and Gilbert's Whistler.
Woodland birds need a complex, ground layer of native grasses and shrubs, leaves, and fallen timber, as well as different layers of vegetation for nesting and feeding.
NPWS will target on-going rabbit and weed control to ensure the seeds strike and establish, and have plans to enhance the area further by sowing Native Pine and Box eucalypt species.