Riparian Real Estate for Wildlife


Lucy Wenger
Program Officer,
Greening Australia &
RoC Goulburn

Ian Rayner
Senior Program Officer,
Greening Australia

Lori Gould
Program Manager,
Rivers of Carbon

This webinar recording looks at our rivers, streams, creeks and wetlands through the potential ‘home buyer eyes’ of our wildlife, including, sugar gliders, micro-bats, birds, platypus and rakali. Lucy Wenger and Ian Rayner from Greening Australia, along with Lori Gould from Rivers of Carbon, discuss how we can care for our riparian areas so that we provide ‘real estate’ for the wildlife and biodiversity we want to protect and sustain for future generations. Ian then talks about a project called ‘Habitat Hollows’, which is part of the Wall to Wollondilly project that is working with landholders and researchers to restore critical habitat for our endangered wildlife.

Habitat Hollows and nest boxes design…

In this webinar video, you will see Ian show some of the Habitat Hollows he, along with skilled contractors have made.  We asked Ian for a few close up shots and these are provided below.  It is really important to note that Ian does not recommend you try making these kinds of Habitat Hollows at home, as they involve chainsaws, roping yourself to a tree (!) and accessing expertise gained over many years.  What you can do, however, is to look at leaving as much timber on your place as possible, retain standing dead trees and, if you want to provide more habitat, create some nest boxes using the guides available on line (see below for some examples).

Nest Box Guide – Wingecarribee Shire Council

Wildlife Next Box – Greater Sydney Local Land Services

Nest Box Manual – Tweed Shire Council