A New Case study on the Eastern Bristlebird
Tuesday, 15th April 2014
This new case study focuses on the collaborative work currently happening in the Border-Ranges region to help save the endangered northern population of the eastern bristlebird. With only about 30 birds left in this population, an alliance of eight organisations has joined together to achieve knowledge sharing, on-ground monitoring, community engagement and practical action to help save these special birds from extinction.
The case study highlights fire as a significant issue for this population of bristlebirds, as they prefer sites with thick grasses and low mid-storey level vegetation. Dr Penny Watson from the Office of Environment & Heritage says, “In areas where grassy vegetation adjoins rainforest, frequent fire is a – if not the – key factor allowing grassy patches to persist.” This project is helping to analyse the success of low intensity patchy fire and weed management to help restore the quality of habitat vital for eastern bristlebird survival.
Project partners: the alliance includes the Hotspots Fire Project, Northern Rivers Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, the South East Queensland Fire and Biodiversity Consortium, NSW Rural Fire Service district and volunteers, North Coast Local Land Services (previously Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority) South East Queensland Catchments, and Lantana Master. Project planning was guided by input from members of the Eastern Bristlebird Recovery Team, Northern Working Group.