Urban Habitat Tree

Addi Road established an Urban Habitats program in 2013 to foster wildlife habitat in our urban environment and enhance the benefits of green space 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. 

With most of the original forest cover in NSW 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 even more vital for wildlife movement and survival.

Wildlife monitoring program

At Addi Road we have been leading the first wildlife monitoring program of its kind in NSW, since 2015, to evaluate the effectiveness of Urban Habitat Trees. There are now over 100 Habitat Tree across NSW.

We’re studying uptake, which species are using the tree, and what they’re using it for for. We set up motion-activated cameras and microbat detectors in our Tree, and our ecologist undertakes spot checks in the hollows. Monitoring is vital to determine how successful Urban Habitat Trees are.

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.

School excursions and workshops

Addi Road hosts school excursions and workshops to learn about our urban habitat tree. To book an excursion or workshop, fill out our booking form.

Habitat Tree Cam

Nocturnal Microbat Monitoring sessions in 2015-16 

Local residents as ‘citizen scientists’ used echo-location devices to pick up microbat calls. Goulds and Eastern Bent-wing were detected. This contributed valuable data on these under-researched species.

The Hollow Tree: a children’s book 

Addison Road Community Centre Organisation invited students from local schools to create artwork inspired by our urban habitat tree.

Part of our urban habitats program, it was supported by an Inner West Council environment grant.

Created by Mark Mordue, Robyn Chiles and Inner West children

Addi Road staff and volunteers collated the students’ drawings and created a beautiful book about the tree, the creatures that make it their home and how to improve habitat for native wildlife in our busy cities.

“In a busy noisy part of the city, between the aeroplanes and a car park, stands a big dead Sydney blue gum. But take a moment to observe, or even peek inside, and you’ll find that this hollow tree is full of life!” 

Buy The Hollow Tree book

Order online

$29.95 includes Australia-wide shipping

 

(with your Paypal account or ‘Checkout as Guest’ to simply pay by credit card)

In person

Available 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday from the Addi Road office (Hut 1, next to the Food Pantry). Alternatively, it’s on sale at:

  • Berkelouw Books, Leichhardt
  • Better Read than Dead, Newtown
  • Gleebooks, Dulwich Hill or Glebe

All proceeds go towards Addison Road Community Centre Organisation environmental programs.

Thank you to Inner West Council, Taverner’s Hill Infant’s School, Wilkins Public School, Marrickville West Primary School, Ferncourt Public School, and Dulwich Hill Public School.

Urban Habitat Tree

Addi Road established an Urban Habitats program in 2013 to foster wildlife habitat in our urban environment and enhance the benefits of green space 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. 

With most of the original forest cover in NSW 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 even more vital for wildlife movement and survival.

Wildlife monitoring program

At Addi Road we have been leading the first wildlife monitoring program of its kind in NSW, since 2015, to evaluate the effectiveness of Urban Habitat Trees. There are now over 100 Habitat Tree across NSW.

We’re studying uptake, which species are using the tree, and what they’re using it for for. We set up motion-activated cameras and microbat detectors in our Tree, and our ecologist undertakes spot checks in the hollows. Monitoring is vital to determine how successful Urban Habitat Trees are.

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.

School excursions and workshops

Addi Road hosts school excursions and workshops to learn about our urban habitat tree. To book an excursion or workshop, fill out our booking form.

Habitat Tree Cam

In 2015-16, we ran Nocturnal Microbat Monitoring sessions, involving local residents as ‘citizen scientists’ to use echo-location devices to pick up microbat calls. We detected Goulds and Eastern Bent-wing onsite, and contributed valuable data on these under-researched species.

The Hollow Tree: a children’s book

Addison Road Community Centre Organisation invited students from local schools to create artwork inspired by our urban habitat tree.

Part of our urban habitats program, it was supported by an Inner West Council environment grant.

Created by Mark Mordue, Robyn Chiles and Inner West children

Addi Road staff and volunteers collated the students’ drawings and created a beautiful book about the tree, the creatures that make it their home and how to improve habitat for native wildlife in our busy cities.

“In a busy noisy part of the city, between the aeroplanes and a car park, stands a big dead Sydney blue gum. But take a moment to observe, or even peek inside, and you’ll find that this hollow tree is full of life!”

Buy The Hollow Tree book

Order online

$29.95 includes Australia-wide shipping

 

(with your Paypal account or ‘Checkout as Guest’ to simply pay by credit card)

In person

Available 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday from the Addi Road office (Hut 1, next to the Food Pantry). Alternatively, it’s on sale at:

  • Berkelouw Books, Leichhardt
  • Better Read than Dead, Newtown
  • Gleebooks, Dulwich Hill or Glebe

All proceeds go towards Addison Road Community Centre Organisation environmental programs.

Thank you to Inner West Council, Taverner’s Hill Infant’s School, Wilkins Public School, Marrickville West Primary School, Ferncourt Public School, and Dulwich Hill Public School.

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