Issues: This well established revegetation project focuses on the Regent Honeyeater, an endangered bird species that has declined seriously over recent decades. Only about 1000 – 1500 of these striking birds remain in the wild and there are just 3 key habitats left in Victoria! The Lurg district, as one of these, provides essential nectar supplies for Regent Honeyeaters when they arrive each winter to feed on the flowering Ironbarks. As well as the Regents, the district supports a host of other vulnerable woodland birds such as Grey-crowned Babblers, Painted Honeyeaters, Speckled Warblers, Hooded Robins, and several endangered and vulnerable mammals like Squirrel Gliders and Brush-tailed Phascogales.
Project Details: In simplified ecosystems, like the typical Australian temperate rural landscape, insect populations are high and they attack remnant native trees more voraciously than they do in undisturbed bushland due to boosted nutrient levels in the foliage. With no shrubs or understory present, there are fewer birds and wasps to pull the insects back into line. Exacerbated by drought, the remnant vegetation experiences severe ‘rural dieback’. The ecosystem has lost its capacity for resilience; it’s out of balance. The RHE project aims to restore the Box Ironbark woodlands natural balance to enable them to be self regulating.
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