A Bush for Birds Round 2 funding opportunity has been announced that will help landholders in North East Victoria create and improve habitat for Regent Honeyeaters and Swift Parrots, two nationally endangered birds.
As part of the Bush for Birds project, landholders are invited to submit an Expression of Interest for funding by the 18 September 2020.
The homes of the Regent Honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia) and the Swift Parrot (Lathamus discolor) are under threat due to extensive land clearing in southern Australia over the last 150 years. They face extinction unless their woodland habitat is expanded and improved.
Biodiversity Officer Phill Falcke from the North East CMA explained that large areas of suitable habitat for these birds are found on private land.
“The project is paying farmers and landholders to restore and expand areas of native woodland. If managed well these areas can provide benefits for woodland birds and improve land value.”
“There are a range of activities that can be funded to help landholders improve remnant habitat including fencing, weed control, remnant woodland restoration, and planting of new trees” Phill said.
“We’re looking for project sites that are 5 hectares in size or more as bigger blocks provide the best habitat. If you’ve got a patch of remnant bushland or scattered trees or would like to revegetate an area linking to some bushland, we’d love to hear from you”.
The North East CMA is delivering this project in partnership with Trust for Nature. So far 37 private landholder sites across North East Victoria have already been supported to improve habitat through the Bush for Birds project. The project also aims to increase by 200 hectares the area of land permanently protected for biodiversity by establishing in-perpetuity conservation covenants.
Bush for Birds is supported by the North East Catchment Management Authority (CMA) through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program. Expressions of Interest in the next round of grant funding began on 20 July and will close on 18 September. Details on what types of sites are eligible and the criteria for assessments is available on the North East CMA website.
For further information or to apply online, visit our website at www.necma.vic.gov.au or call Phill on 0429 400 411.