The wider benefits

Many birds and animals in our region are decreasing in number due to a decrease in habitat and connectivity. The good news is that by building new habitats and increasing connectivity between them, we can turn this around. By re-establishing habitat and vegetation corridors the long-term vision of the Nandewar Brigalow Biolinks project will be to assist many native species of flora and fauna to move back into the landscape. Beneficial ecosystem services such as water / sediment and nutrient cycling, predator-prey relationships and population dynamics will support healthy natural systems and agricultural production. By improving conditions for declining species like Painted honeyeaters, Stripe-faced dunnarts, Grey-crowned babblers and Five-clawed worm skinks, we will also improve the chances of survival of many other species.

There will be a strong emphasis on protecting and enhancing Threatened Ecologocal Communities (TECs) such as:

Each of these communities are recognised because specific threats have increased their risk of extinction. For most of these vegetation communities, threats include:

  • fragmentation
  • climate change
  • degradation of remnants
  • loss of species diversity
  • threats from weeds and feral animals

Revegetation projects can reduce or mitigate these threats by increasing connectivity between patches of remnant vegetation, enlarging remnant patches, increasing species diversity and buffering remnants from the effects of extreme weather, weeds and feral animals.

 

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