Restoring landscapes across the Mount Alexander Region

Connecting Country Factsheets

Connecting Country, courtesy of funding from the North Central Catchment Management Authority (NCCMA), have developed the following factsheets to suit the needs of the community in our region. They cover the latest local information regarding invasive species management and creating habitat for our unique biodiversity of the region. The grant funding was part of the project Prickly Plants for Wildlife on Small Properties, which has delivered on ground works and education events for smaller landowners who are keen to maintain and enhance the habitat on their land.

The four brochures are available for download by clicking below:

 

A brief outline is provided below on each of the four factsheet topics:

  • Weeds, or invasive plants, are one of the main extinction threats to Australia’s native plants and animals. Some weeds were introduced initially as garden plants, and others accidentally introduced and spread through seeds or plant material. 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 can come escape from gardens or be transported on livestock, machinery, wind or wildlife. Photo: Ivan Carter

Tube stock can be a great way to revegetate denuded landscapes. Photo: Gen Kay

Following best advice on revegetation will give your plants the best chance of survival. Photo: Gen Kay