Trust For Nature

Helmeted Honeyeater land purchase in Yellingbo

Threatened species focus: Helmeted Honeyeater (Lichenostomus melanops cassidix)
Species conservation status: Victoria: Listed (FFG) / National: Critically Endangered (EPBC) / International: Critically Endangered (IUCN)
Port Phillip & Westernport regionRegion: Port Phillip & Westernport
Project date: January  – June 2016
Leading organisation: Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority
Partner organisations: Trust for Nature, Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater, the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning, Zoos Victoria, Yarra Ranges Shire and Yarra 4 Life

Helmeted Honeyeater. Photo: Ben Cullen / Trust for Nature
Helmeted Honeyeater. Photo: Ben Cullen / Trust for Nature

One of Trust for Nature’s priority projects is to conserve and rehabilitate habitat for the critically endangered Helmeted Honeyeater, our state’s bird emblem and the only avian species endemic to Victoria.

Trust for Nature has an extensive history with the conservation of this species. We helped to purchase Logan’s Swamp, which now forms a large portion of the Yellingbo population habitat area.

More recently our work includes the purchase of a Yellingbo conservation property, thanks to the generosity of public donors in the past 12 months.

This protection, restoration and ongoing management of their preferred habitat in the outer eastern ranges of Melbourne is essential to the survival of the species. Birds have been recorded nesting and foraging on sites that have been revegetated and are now protected; evidence that our conservation efforts are working, and will benefit future releases of the birds into the area.

With this additional funding from the State Government, we will be facilitating the purchase and transfer to crown of a new conservation reserve to protect the Helmeted Honeyeater.

For more information on this project, contact:
Ben Cullen, Port Phillip & Westernport Regional Manager
0407 044 821 / benc@tfn.org.au

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