Dead trees pro­vide new digs

Chain­saw ren­o­va­tions liven up neigh­bour­hood in park for house­hunt­ing wildlife

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS -

A NEW chain­saw tech­nique is turn­ing dead trees into homes for na­tive wildlife.

Birds, bats and pos­sums will ben­e­fit un­der a scheme aimed at help­ing en­dan­gered species re­cover from habi­tat de­struc­tion.

Greater Syd­ney Lo­cal Land Ser­vices joined forces with Black­town Coun­cil and Syd­ney Ar­bor Trees at Plump­ton Park on Fri­day to show the new chain­saw tech­nique cre­at­ing tree hol­lows to house na­tive wildlife.

A dead tree at Plump­ton Park be­came home for mi­cro­bats and birds un­der the process, which carves a spe­cially de­signed hol­low into the tree.

“A sec­tion of the outer trunk is re­moved, the hol­low carved, and then the trunk sec­tion is re­placed, mak­ing it a very un­ob­tru­sive nest,” Black­town Mayor Stephen Bali said.

Greater Syd­ney Lo­cal Land Ser­vices of­fi­cer Jenny Sch­a­bel said it was nec­es­sary to cre­ate tree hol­lows for wildlife on the Cumberland Plain.

“The high pop­u­la­tion growth in the re­gion can re­sult in habi­tat de­struc­tion for na­tive wildlife, rather than just cut­ting dead or dy­ing trees down we can cre­ate homes for na­tive an­i­mals in­clud­ing en­dan­gered species,” Ms Sch­a­bel said.

Ar­borist Michael Sullings said the dead and de­cay­ing wood was also a food source for in­sects and other in­verte- brates, which in turn be­came food for rep­tiles and mam­mals and birds.

“It is time for us to re­think our ap­proach, not all trees are haz­ardous,” he said.

Cr Bali said hun­dreds of na­tive species in­clud­ing birds, pos­sums and glid­ers would ben­e­fit from the ini­tia­tive. Signs will be in­stalled at the tree home sites.

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