Creating homes for Brolgas
Brolgas are one of the large bird species that capture our imagination. The crane is listed as vulnerable in Victoria and pairs for life, using the same nesting area for 20 years.
Their eggs are preyed upon by feral animals such as foxes and the nests are sensitive to water level fluctuations so it’s no wonder they are keenly monitored when they successfully nest.
Two breeding pairs have been recorded on Trust for Nature’s Pallisters Reserve north west of Warrnambool.
There have been regular Brolga nestings at Pallisters for 20 years and there are signs their population is increasing.
Trust for Nature Conservation Officer Adam Merrick said a project funded by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity On-ground Action initiative to control predators to protect nesting Brolgas will help secure their future on the Reserve. The project will also plant 15,000 understorey plants for Bandicoot habitat.
“This project will build on the volunteer committee of management’s (Friends of Pallisters Reserve), efforts to restore and enhance the habitat for Brolgas and Bandicoots. By reducing foxes and providing habitat, vegetation that is habitat for a range of wildlife will be linked,” Adam said.
The Reserve is named after its previous owner and was bought by Trust for Nature in 1989 with donations from the Ross Trust.
It is one of a handful of Trust for Nature properties opening its gates to the public during the Trust’s annual Spring into Nature program.
Visitors will have an opportunity to tour the property and contribute towards its conservation by planting trees.
Adam said, “Pallisters is a really special place. It’s 254 hectares of wetlands and we’re grateful to the volunteer committee for the time and effort they put into making it what it is.
“There are more than 125 bird species on the Reserve and lots of orchid varieties so visitors should definitely bring their binoculars and cameras.”
The tour and tree planting day is on Sunday, 23 September and you can register by going to http://bit.ly/pallisters
Kathy Cogo, Media and Communications Manager, Trust for Nature, 0466 015 183, firstname.lastname@example.org.