Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Connecting Country factsheets

Connecting Country has developed the following PDF factsheets as a useful starting point with the basics of repairing and maintaining the health of your land, landholder responsibilities or as a refresher:

The factsheets were developed through the Prickly Plants for Wildlife on Small Properties project supported by funding from the North Central Catchment Management Authority.

A brief outline is provided below on each of the four factsheets.

  • Weeds (invasive plants) along with invasive animals are the top extinction threats to Australia’s wildlife and native plants. Some current weeds were introduced as garden plants, and others were accidentally introduced and spread through human movement, vehicles, machinery, feral animals, stock, wildlife, wind and water. Some native species become weeds if they spread aggressively beyond their natural range.
  • A nestbox is an artificial enclosure provided for hollow-dependant animals to live and nest in. Providing a well constructed and maintained nestbox on your property can provide a supplementary home for native animals where natural tree hollows are missing.
  • Invasive animals are a major threat to biodiversity and agriculture. They can cause long-term damage to ecosystems and have resulted in dramatic extinction rates of species across Australia.
  • Planting within or next to existing bushland to provide habitat for native animals can be a satisfying endeavour. Taking time to plan and prepare your revegetation will give you the best chance of seeing your plants survive to maturity.

Invasive plants commonly escape gardens or are transported on clothing, footwear, livestock, machinery, wind or wildlife (photo by Ivan Carter)

Following best advice on revegetation will give your plants the best chance of survival (photo by Gen Kay)