Managing Your Place

Wherever you live in the Hinterland, you can be involved with enhancing habitat for our native plants and animals. It doesn’t matter if you own 100 acres or a house-block in town. If you don’t own or manage land you can get involved with a Landcare or Bushcare group and assist with connecting, restoring and protecting habitat in your district.

There are some simple principles to consider in making better habitat for both threatened and common species:

  • Protect and enhance what’s left first. Don’t put energy into recreating habitat until you or your organisation has protected existing bushland under your control.
     
  • Big areas of bush are more important than small areas. They are more likely to support viable populations of wildlife.
     
  • Round or square patches of bush are more resistant to weed invasion and other edge effects than long narrow strips.
     
  • Big trees are better. They produce more nectar and fruit and often have hollows and crevices needed by many animals.  One large old tree will generally have much greater habitat value for wildlife than a number of young trees.
     
  • Dead wood is wildlife habitat. It provides food, shelter and nutrients for many species. If it is safe to do so, leave it standing and leave it fallen.
     
  • Weeds are the biggest threat to bushland in the Hinterland. Get to know the weeds on your land. Start weed eradication in areas of least invasion and graduate towards the worst.
     
  • Untidiness is good for wildlife. Un-mown areas with fallen branches, tall grass, leaves and rocks will provide refuge for many native animals, even in a small garden.
     
  • Natural regeneration is more cost-efficient and generally more effective than planting trees. If you have native plants coming up, protect them where you can from livestock, and weed around them to allow them to mature quickly.  
     
  • Where there is no natural regeneration, consider revegetating areas with local plant species. Even one native tree in a garden can help local birds and other wildlife. 
     
  • Fencing off creek banks from livestock will protect sensitive habitat, provide a wildlife corridor and reduce sedimentation of streams.
     
  • Barbed wire can catch and kill some animals. Install wildlife-friendly fencing where possible to reduce the risk of snagging wildlife.
     
  • Consider options for restoring wildlife corridors within your property and with your neighbours. Broader corridors are better for wildlife.

You can contact your local Land for Wildlife officer for advice on managing your land,
or access an excellent series of notes that expand on all these principles
http://www.seqcatchments.com.au/LFW.html
 

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