A summary of the last SWIFFT meeting is now online. The topic was remnant habitat trees in our rural environment and their importance to our wildlife. The key points are:
- Remnant scattered trees provide a range of high value landscape, biodiversity and ecosystem services.
- Old growth scattered trees are a legacy from the past – they are continuing to disappear and future generations will inherit a vastly different landscape.
- The value of old remnant trees does not appear to be appreciated or supported through adequate protection measures.
- Scattered trees are used extensively as foraging and roosting habitat by insectivorous bats.
- Every old growth tree has value for bats and it is very important that we retain scattered trees in the landscape.
- Buloke trees are the preferred food tree for Red-tailed Black Cockatoos but less than 2% of this important food species remains.
- Old large paddock trees are not being replaced at high enough rate to cater for Red-tailed Black-Cockatoo feeding needs into the future.
- Old growth trees provide an important litter layer and habitat for invertebrates which can in turn support a diversity of vertebrates.
- Old growth paddock trees have taken hundreds of years to grow. They cannot be replaced in a person’s lifetime – we need to protect what remains.
The next video conference is on 6 February 2014 and is about raptors