This year at the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve we’ve turned a land management problem into a habitat solution.
By re-introducing small, scattered piles of logs into 6-year-old revegetation areas we hope to provide homes for many species such as the bearded dragon, stumpy tail lizards, fat-tailed dunnarts and antechinus species to name a few.
Without our intervention it could take up to 60 years for our planted trees to grow big enough and then drop their branches onto the ground and begin to provide habitat for ground dwelling species.
- Improve control of rabbits in remnant vegetation by eliminating shelter structures
- Increase the habitat value of restoration areas via the redistribution and placement of logs
- Reduce grazing pressure within remnant vegetation
- Reduce the intensity of a potential bush fire within remnant vegetation
So, what was the problem?
The central east-west track at the Minimay Conservation Reserve was originally created with a bulldozer to provide access to fire trucks. The felled trees from this action were piled up along the side of the track. These large piles of logs provide excellent harbor for rabbits which feed heavily on nearby ground cover plants. It was also very difficult to control rabbit populations with these structures in place.
Smaller scattered piles, instead of larger piles, containing hollow logs provide the best habitat for many native animals – particularly ground dwelling species like lizards. Using a crane mounted on the back of a car trailer, logs were transported from the track edge to the revegetation area to create native wildlife homes.
One of the main goals of this project is to re-connect natural areas of the landscape and in doing so allow movement of species in the face of climate change. Working alongside our partners Greening Australia and Trust for Nature we're protecting and re-instating important wetland and woodland environments the Bank Australia Conservation Reserve is significantly contributing to this landscape vision.