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    Formed in 1976, we are the peak umbrella environment group in northern NSW. We cover the area from the Hunter to the Tweed and west to the New England Highway. We also actively support other campaigns further afield. We receive no government funding and have no paid staff or central office. Our members and office-bearers work around the region, often travelling large distances to assist others as we organise in our defence of the environment and the communities it sustains. We rely on donations and the efforts of our members and volunteers, to remain effective. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to assist us with our work, we guarantee plenty of bang for your buck. Post us a message to this site and we will get back to you.
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Threat to Bushland Birds

Bushland birds under threat.
In 2007, the Department of Environment and Climate Change issued a warning that many of
Australia’s bushland birds were in decline. These birds, particularly smaller species such as Robins,
Wrens, Finches, Thornbills, and the like, are in trouble because of the loss of their preferred habitat.
Along the East Coast of Australia, this habitat loss is occurring through land-clearing and a number
of other undesirable practices such as ‘under-scrubbing’, the common practice of clearing
understorey shrubs and herbs to create a park-like appearance with extensive lawns under scattered
trees.
In destroying this scrub layer, humans remove the dense, often prickly vegetation, critical for
providing feed and shelter for these smaller birds, and protection from predators such as Hawks,
Harriers and Falcons. Even the less predatory birds that are attracted to these seni-cleared
landscapes, such as Butcher Birds, Currawongs and Kookaburras, pose a threat to smaller birds and
their nestlings.
Many landowners, keen to encourage birds to their gardens, plant copious quantities of nectar
species such as Grevilleas and Bottle Brushes. However without the afore-mentioned prickly
bushes, these plants will only encourage larger honeyeater species such as the Noisy Miner and
Blue-faced Honeyeater, which are also aggressive and territorial and drive off the smaller bird
species.
For maximum diversity of bird life in the garden numerous densely foliaged plants, arranged to
form corridors that connect to habitat beyond the garden gate, are essential for these smaller
feathered inhabitants to take up residence. Owners of larger holdings are urged to retain pockets of
thick vegetation with inter-connecting corridors to assist in ensuring the long-term survival of these
declining bushland birds.
John Edwards

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