Volunteers plant thousands of trees to protect endangered birds
05 June 2014
A 20-year tradition continued in the Capertee Valley earlier this month when more than 100 volunteers braved wet and cold conditions to provide breeding and foraging grounds for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater.
Many of the volunteers travelled long distances to help plant more than 3000 trees and shrubs at a property at Glen Alice.
Senior Biodiversity Officer Huw Evans said the tree planting weekend was part of the Regent Honeyeater Habitat Restoration project that is being coordinated by BirdLife Australia, with the assistance of Central Tablelands Local Land Services (LLS).
"The Capertee Valley is an important breeding area for the critically endangered Regent Honeyeater," Mr Evans said.
"The aim of this project is to plant trees and shrubs that we hope will one day provide food and nesting sites to encourage the honeyeaters to breed.
"The weekend also provided an opportunity for BirdLife Australia to run a woodland bird identification workshop for local residents."
Mr Evans described the Capertee Valley as "a twitchers paradise", with more than 250 different species of birds recorded in the area.
The valley is also listed as an important bird area on the register of Birdlife International.
"As the valley is well recognised as bird breeding area, there are lots of volunteers who are keen to help develop its potential to attract birds and help ensure their survival into the future," Mr Evans said.
"We have been planting trees in the valley for two decades and the benefits have become clearly recognisable.
"Our challenge now is to continue to monitor the movements and activities of the Regent Honeyeater and other threatened bird species in the long-term.
"We need the help of bird lovers and local residents to do that, so it's great to see so much support for this kind of event."
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