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The Jelcobine Project

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Healthy Environments

Area revegetated: 0.5 hectares

Purpose: To boost diversity of plant species within bush remnant and improve wildlife habitat.

First year of project planting: 2017

This project involved revegetation around an existing woodland remnant. The trees present were healthy, but there were limited species and very little shrub layer or regeneration after previous owners had allowed sheep to access it. A Land for Wildlife survey in 2013 observed animals such as Black Cockatoos, Fairy Wrens, Robins and Brush-tailed Phascogale visiting the remnant, so owners were keen to enhance habitat available for these creatures.

KEY LEARNING POINT: As the landholders were not yet living on the block and had limited time to undertake activities on site, the revegetation area and number of seedlings for planting had to be adjusted to suit their time capacity. Splitting up revegetation activities into smaller increments spaced over several years allows for more manageable workloads. To achieve a greater overall survival rate and therefore return on time invested, the owners also installed tree-guards and mulched after planting to better protect the plants when they couldn’t be on site.

KEY ENVIRONMENTAL ACHIEVEMENT: Additional species of locally native plants including flowering shrubs and groundcovers were established within and around the remnant, boosting biodiversity and providing improved feeding and nesting habitat for years to come.