Fewer than 50 individuals of the Orange-bellied Parrot are estimated to remain in the wild and there is a major effort happening to boost the population with captive-bred birds.
Much of their former coastal saltmarsh habitat in south-eastern Australia has already been cleared or highly modified. Now the remaining areas are at high risk of inundation over the next 50 to 100 years because of sea-level rise.
The Trust can help to protect adjacent private land on higher ground to allow the ‘migration’ of the saltmarsh habitat over time, providing future habitat opportunities for these critically endangered parrots and other saltmarsh species.
The problem can seem enormous, but your support really can make a difference. Two-thirds of land in our state is privately owned; if we worked with more property owners to place covenants on their land, we’d have an even better chance of protecting the natural places, plants and animals we love. A conservation covenant is a legal promise to nature to protect your land forever, even when ownership changes.