Urban Habitat Tree

In 2013, Addi Road established an Urban Habitats program to foster wildlife habitat in our urban environment and enhance the benefits of green space that exists here at our Centre. The program is based around our Urban Habitat Tree which provides a safe haven and home to threatened bird species in the area.

‘Hollow bearing trees’ are vital for the survival of many native animals and birds, and their availability is rapidly declining – so much so that their loss has been listed as a Key Threatening Process in NSW*. It takes 120 -200 years for hollows to form, and many native animals and birds can’t live without them. 

As most of the original forest cover in NSW has been cleared since 1788, most trees are too young to have hollows, exacerbating our already high extinction rates. Urban areas are often under-prioritised in understandings of habitat value, yet in the face of increased land-clearing and rapid development, habitat availability in urban areas is ever more vital for wildlife movement and survival.

Since 2015, we have been leading the first wildlife monitoring program of its kind in New South Wales to evaluate the effectiveness of Urban Habitat Trees. There are now over 100 Habitat Tree across the state, and it’s vital we monitor to determine how successful they are, and factors such as uptake; which species are using them; what they’re using them for. We set up motion-activated cameras and microbat detectors in our Tree, and our ecologist undertakes spot checks in the hollows.

Citizen scientists also record wildlife activity on a weekly basis, and feed data into the Hollows As Home study, run by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

At A Glance

Our Urban Habitat Tree was one of the first of it’s kind in NSW, pioneering a now immensely successful initiative across the state that creates homes for endangered and threatened native bird species in our increasingly urban environment.

Getting Here

Our Centre and Urban Habitat Tree is easily accessed by public transport with the 428 stopping directly outside on Addison Road. We also have bike racks on site and free and accessibility friendly parking available for all visitors. For more information on our site check Visitor Information.

Urban Habitat Tree

In 2013, Addi Road established an Urban Habitats program to foster wildlife habitat in our urban environment and enhance the benefits of green space that exists here at our Centre. The program is based around our Urban Habitat Tree which provides a safe haven and home to threatened bird species in the area.

‘Hollow bearing trees’ are vital for the survival of many native animals and birds, and their availability is rapidly declining – so much so that their loss has been listed as a Key Threatening Process in NSW*. It takes 120 -200 years for hollows to form, and many native animals and birds can’t live without them. 

As most of the original forest cover in NSW has been cleared since 1788, most trees are too young to have hollows, exacerbating our already high extinction rates. Urban areas are often under-prioritised in understandings of habitat value, yet in the face of increased land-clearing and rapid development, habitat availability in urban areas is ever more vital for wildlife movement and survival.

Since 2015, we have been leading the first wildlife monitoring program of its kind in New South Wales to evaluate the effectiveness of Urban Habitat Trees. There are now over 100 Habitat Tree across the state, and it’s vital we monitor to determine how successful they are, and factors such as uptake; which species are using them; what they’re using them for. We set up motion-activated cameras and microbat detectors in our Tree, and our ecologist undertakes spot checks in the hollows.

Citizen scientists also record wildlife activity on a weekly basis, and feed data into the Hollows As Home study, run by the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

At A Glance

Our Urban Habitat Tree was one of the first of it’s kind in NSW, pioneering a now immensely successful initiative across the state that creates homes for endangered and threatened native bird species in our increasingly urban environment.

Register Your Interest

Our Centre and Urban Habitat Tree is easily accessed by public transport with the 428 stopping directly outside on Addison Road. We also have bike racks on site and free and accessibility friendly parking available for all visitors. For more information on our site check Visitor Information.

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