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Community Surveys

Street tree & other street plant corridors


We have been assisted by ecologists and bird specialists Kurtis Lindsay, Cathy Gosling, Max Breckenridge, Mark Cachia, Macquarie University Lecturer Andrew Allen and students to survey and map local bird populations.

Surveys and monitoring of bird populations have been and are being undertaken in and around our Hunter's Hill small bird habitat corridor, the Lower Parramatta River habitat corridor, Field of Mars Reserve, the Shrimptons Creek habitat corridor and the Ryde and Hunter's Hill Council's River to River Project.

Small bird populations in Ryde and Hunter's Hill are being located, validated, mapped and monitored.

Kurtis has also lead bird walking tours known as "Twilight Twitters" through the Field of Mars Reserve. He has generously shared his vast knowledge of birds and the natural environment.

The indicator species for this project are in particular small birds such as fairywrens, red-browed finches and silvereyes.

With the assistance of local Councils we are experimenting with ways to re-create native small bird habitat near existing populations of small birds and monitoring the use by the birds. We would like to hear from others who have carried out similar activities.

The Habitat Network is working towards connecting bushland areas via private and public lands to create habitat corridors across the municipalities of Ryde and Hunter's Hill. Matthew Eylander, who was undertaking a Masters of Environmental Management with Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, NSW, looked at the feasibility of habitat corridors and connections across Ryde for us.

Our thanks to Eremaea for hosting our bird survey information. Please visit www.eremaea.com and select Australia, NSW and look for our study reserves such as: Bedlam Bay, Riverglade Reserve and Field of Mars Reserve. We also thank Birds Australia for their assistance and support.

Thank you also to bird experts Sue Stevens, Steve Anyon-Smith and Kurtis Lindsay for their on-going advice, support and assistance.


Animals in my Backyard Surveys

Community surveys of populations of birds, insects and other animals allow us to get snapshots of what is happening. Please record your sightings (see survey form link below), either in your garden and / or nearby bushland area. Collect sighting information over a period of time and then email your surveys to info@iewf.org or mail to: IEWF - Habitat Network, PO Box 635, Gladesville, NSW 1675. Digital photos of what you see are also welcome and can be added to our members photos page.

Help us by undertaking surveys in your garden and local reserve. Please use this simple survey form. (169KB)


Street tree & other street plant corridors

We are very interested in hearing from you about what trees and plants, used in street tree plantings, are being used by native birds and animals. Please provide names (common names are fine) of plants and animals, the street name, suburb and State. Photos would be appreciated. If you don't know the names of the birds a description including an indication of the size (for example much smaller than a Lorikeet, similar size to a Lorikeet or much bigger than a Lorikeet will work.) Also describe the use of the plants by the birds or animals (for example feeding on flowers or fruit, resting, nesting ...) Please email details to info@iewf.org.


Fairy wren nest in Hakea Fairy wren

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