Have your Say…
SEE-Change obtained an ACT Environment Grant in late 2017 to undertake re-vegetation near Sullivans Creek in O’Connor. The SEE-Change project is called Birdscaping #CBR: bringing back birds, butterflies and bees. We are seeking community feedback on this re-vegetation project.
Why did we apply for the grant?
Wildlife corridors are missing in Canberra’s suburbs and many animals such as small birds are absent. Canberra has lots of mown grass and scattered mature trees, while attractive, don’t provide many habitat opportunities. This sort of landscape favours larger more aggressive birds. The idea of the project is to reinstate a diverse range of locally occurring native plants that will provide homes for critters.
How will we attract small birds?
Studies by Greening Australia shows that by restoring groundcovers and shrub layers (in which small birds can nest, forage and hide) the numbers of small native birds will increase. Vulnerable bird species, like the Scarlet Robin will benefit from the recreation of this type of habitat. The inclusion of logs will increase the range of invertebrates, including beetles, butterflies, moths and bees which many birds feed on. Research by the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment found that the Scarlet Robin risks extinction in the ACT within the next 25-50 years.
How will the community be consulted?
We will hold two community consultations on the site: Sullivans Creek between MacArthur Ave and David St. These consultations will be led by planning experts, Purdon.
We are seeking community feedback such as:
- How do you use the site?
- What would you like to see? Do you have any key desirables from the design?
- What concerns do you have?
- Would you be interested in contributing your time to the project?
The community consultation pop-in sessions are:
Consultation 1 – adjacent to Sullivans Ck bike path: Thursday 15 February 5.30-7.30pm
Consultation 2 – adjacent to Sullivans Ck bike path: Saturday 17 February 10-12pm
If the community is supportive, what will happen next?
Sections of the site will be prepared by Greening Australia for planting and the community will be invited to a series of working bees to install plants and cardboard guards (to protect plants from predation and dogs and people).
An initial concept sketch of the project can be viewed here
Four working bees will occur throughout 2018. The first planting will happen in the cooler weather ie late Autumn/early Winter. Conservation Volunteers Australia will assist with plant maintenance and we will maintain the plants for two years. After two years the plants should begin to thrive.
Bird experts will be invited to survey the site, before, during and after the revegetation to monitor bird numbers.
We are also working with ACT for Bees and plan to construct a bee hotel for the site.
Find out more: http://www.see-change.org.au/birdscaping-canberra/