New research shows planting trees and shrubs bring woodland birds back to farms. The research, conducted in South Australia, found that when the amount of revegetation in open farmland increased, the number of woodland bird species did too. For example, an increase in revegetation from 1% to 10% of the landscape doubled the number of woodland bird species.
Scattered trees on farmland can provide a stepping stone between habitats for birds. And, not only that, planting along creeks helps stabilise stream banks and improve water environments and provide much-needed shade for livestock and farm production. It was found that increasing wooded vegetation to cover at least 10-30% of farmland is an important long-term goal to ensure sufficient habitat and sustain healthy populations of many species.
So if you want to wake up to the chorus of our small Wheatbelt birds ensure you are providing a connected landscape for them to thrive in.
Find out more about the research in South Australia here.