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Wildlife corridor enhanced

By Country News

A team of volunteers have helped to plant 400 plants and shrubs in Nagambie to provide habitat for a number of threatened species.

The project, undertaken by Longwood Plains Conservation Management Network and volunteers from Greater Shepparton Lighthouse Project, saw the landscape of Bernard and Chrissy Schaff’s Nagambie property transformed.

The planting, which took place across one hectare of the Schaffs’ property, saw more than 15 different species of plants planted to help protect the habitat of a number of endangered animals.

The project aimed to increase connectivity and the quantity and quality of habitat across the Longwood Plains, including fencing to increase the width and quality of four sites by adding structural value to sites that currently are just trees and grasses.

Mrs Schaff said the support was amazing.

‘‘We now have a wildlife corridor that will provide habitat for the threatened species in this area including grey-crowned babblers, bush stone-curlews and squirrel gliders,’’ she said.

‘‘Our stock will gain from having shelter and shade, and aesthetically it will look tremendous. It’s a win for us, a win for nature and a win for the young people of the Lighthouse’s Youth Haven.’’

The implementation of the project also saw young people from the Lighthouse Project practise skills including workplace health and safety practice, using initiative, communication and teamwork.

Longwood Plains CMN facilitator Susan Sleigh said projects such as the tree planting were delivering results across the region.

‘‘It’s like building a jigsaw puzzle sometimes,’’ she said.

‘‘But as we’re seeing more of these works take place, it all helps to make a bigger network.

‘‘Change is happening across the Longwood Plains and it is glorious to see the wattles flowering and nature being restored.’’

The project was supported by the Victorian Government’s Biodiversity On-ground Action Grant for fencing and revegetation, and Ms Sleigh said the support had helped to ensure the group could establish sizeable wildlife corridors.