Wildlife in the Inner West needs all the help it can get! There are a number of ways you can improve habitat for wildlife in your backyard and your general area. You can volunteer at one of our many Bushcare sites or visit one of our community native nurseries.
Inner West Council has joined the Habitat Stepping Stones program!
You're invited to sign up and start creating habitat in your backyard or balcony. It's free to join and you'll receive a pledge pack plus great discounts at local nurseries and gardening centres.
Choose as many food, water and shelter elements as you like to add to your garden. By creating habitat, you are helping our native animals and plants thrive in the Inner West!
To learn more and to join, head to Habitat Stepping Stones and choose Inner West as your council area.
Hollows as Homes launched in March 2016 and is coordinated by the Royal Botanic Garden, the University of Sydney, and Australian Museum. Inner West Council is one of 30 councils encouraging community participation in this project. With the help of the community, this project aims to find out how many tree hollows are available and how wildlife use them across the Sydney region.
How does it work?
The Hollows as Homes team wants people to report tree hollows in their backyards, streets, parks and/or paddocks through www.hollowsashomes.com. Participants take measurements of the hollow-bearing trees and periodically monitor and report the wildlife using the hollows. Training is available through workshops and the website.
Why Do it?
In urban and agricultural areas, large hollow-bearing trees are disappearing, but many species of animals rely on tree hollows. In NSW, animals depending on hollows include at least 46 mammals, 81 birds, 31 reptiles and 16 frogs. Of these,40 species are listed as threatened with extinction. This is why the ‘loss of hollow-bearing trees’has been listed as a key threatening process.
Hollow-bearing trees in urban areas are commonly removed as a safety precaution. However a new method of cut-in hollows has been developed, which aims to safely keep trees to increase hollow habitat which is important to protect biodiversity. Cut-in hollows complement the established method of nest boxes.
How is the information used?
The information people provide will be used to build a picture of the location, type and number of hollows available in different local areas, as well as the wildlife using these hollows. The information helps councils make plans and decisions to keep important habitat trees in their areas, plant new habitat trees in the future and create missing habitat (e.g. small, medium or large hollows). Hollows as Homes therefore welcomes reports of nest boxes and cut-in hollows in addition to natural tree hollows.
For more information contact Dr Adrian Davis firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/hollowsashomes. Hollows as Homes is supported by the Sydney Coastal Councils Group through funding from the Australian Government.