It has been great that this offset project has been able to be delivered by a local organisation and the funding and benefits flow back into the regional community.Kylie Durant
What do the brown treecreeper, hooded robin and grey-crowned babbler have in common?
They're all native woodland birds that depend on understorey shrubs to breed, forage and protect themselves from threats like the noisy miner.
A recent project has focused on restoring this habitat on a number of reserves in the Holbrook area.
Holbrook Landcare Network and Murray Local Land Services' Seed Services team have collaborated to direct seed more than 16 kilograms of native vegetation seeds under the Woodland Bird Offset project, funded by NSW Roads and Maritime Services.
Direct seeding is a method of revegetation that involves the bulk sowing of seeds across large tracts of land.
In this project, a total of 50 kilometres over 11 sites has been direct seeded with native understorey species.
The sites include travelling stock reserves and local government reserves around Holbrook, which have been identified as the district's last public areas of grassy box woodland.
They are key sites for connectivity between larger reserves and work undertaken on private land.
Led by Holbrook Landcare, the project also involves the planting of 16,000 tubestock trees by a team from the Albury and District Local Aboriginal Land Council.
Project manager with Holbrook Landcare, Kylie Durant, said that the seeding and planting would bring enormous benefits to the local native woodland bird population.
"It has been great that this offset project has been able to be delivered by a local organisation and the funding and benefits flow back into the regional community," she said.
"We look forward to continuing to work with the land managers Local Land Services and Greater Hume Council to ensure the future of woodland birds in the district."
For more information on this project and other programs visit the Murray Local Land Services website.
- Sue Logie, Murray Local Land Services Seed Services