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.

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


“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…!”

As a part of our urban habitats program and with the support of an Inner West Council environment grant, Addison Road Community Centre Organisation invited students from local schools to create artwork inspired by our urban habitat tree.

A team of 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.

We present to you “The Hollow Tree” – a children’s book by Mark Mordue, Robyn Chiles and Inner West school children. Click below to purchase your copy (price inclusive of domestic shipping), or drop in to Hut 1 between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday to buy a copy. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards Addison Road Community Centre Organisation environmental programs. With thanks 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

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.

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

 

“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…!”

As a part of our urban habitats program and with the support of an Inner West Council environment grant, Addison Road Community Centre Organisation invited students from local schools to create artwork inspired by our urban habitat tree.

A team of 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.

We present to you “The Hollow Tree” – a children’s book by Mark Mordue, Robyn Chiles and Inner West school children. Click below to purchase your copy (price inclusive of domestic shipping), or drop in to Hut 1 between 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday to buy a copy. Proceeds from the sale of the book will go towards Addison Road Community Centre Organisation environmental programs. With thanks 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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