Dead trees provide new digs
Chainsaw renovations liven up neighbourhood in park for househunting wildlife
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.