Connecting Country uses a grassroots approach to land and biodiversity management. This project empowers local landholders and groups in central Victoria to initiate, implement and maintain restoration projects for local woodland bird habitat.
Connecting Country (Mount Alexander Region) Inc
Project Stewards for Woodland Birds
Amount $75,600 over two years
|TRUST OBJECTIVES||PROJECT OBJECTIVES|
|This grant was approved under previous grants policy|
|Rural and regional Victoria||Enable local landholders and community environment groups to implement habitat enhancement works for the Woodland Birds program|
|Building organisational capacity||Build the environmental stewardship capacity of local landholders across eleven priority zones|
|Collaboration and partnership||30 local landcare and friends groups, Birdlife Australia, the Norman Wettenhall Foundation, Trust for Nature, North Central Catchment Management Authority and the Mount Alexander Shire Council|
Many landholders in the Mount Alexander region of central Victoria are concerned about the decline in the ‘threatened’ Victorian Temperate Woodland Bird Communit due to drought, on-going habitat decline and other damaging processes.
Connecting Country has developed a 10-year action plan to secure the populations of five woodland bird species across the region – the Hooded Robin, Diamond Firetail, Painted Button-quail, Jacky Winter and Brown Treecreeper. Eleven priority zones for protection and restoration of habitat for these species has been identified, each of which includes a mix of public and private land.
The Stewards for Woodlands Birds project:
- Empowers landholders and community environment groups through training in woodland bird identification and conservation practice.
- Increases capacity of local landholders to actively engage and inspire other landholders to develop local projects and to monitor birds and habitat restoration.
- Strengthens communities and increases social cohesion in rural areas.
- Enthuses new landholders to implement habitat enhancement works for woodland birds on their properties.
- Identifies and further develops funding for local projects which will contribute to the larger Woodland Birds project.