Better planting saves threatened pollinators in NSW

New guidelines to help restore feeding habitats for threatened birds and mammals, including Regent Honeyeaters, Swift Parrots, Little Lorikeets and tree-dwelling marsupials have been developed.

Regent honeyeater (Xanthomyza phrygia)

The new guidelines, from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), will inform a large number of habitat restoration, enhancement and regeneration projects currently being planned, or those in the early stages across NSW.

The guidelines, titled Planting to conserve threatened nomadic pollinators in NSW, were funded under the Saving our Species (SoS) program.

Respected ecologist Dr Peggy Eby who drafted the guidelines said planting native food trees is essential for conserving threatened species and ensuring healthy ecosystems.

"Building new habitats will help us protect threatened pollinators and in turn help ensure pollination of our native forests continues as it is a critical process for a healthy environment.

"Without these long-distance pollinator species, we would witness significant declines in the health of our native forests across the east coast of Australia.

"The guidelines provide practical information about which trees can be planted to provide abundant native food for many of our threatened species at key times of the year, helping to manage food shortages for native species," Dr Eby said.

Saving our Species is a state-wide five year $100 million conservation program addressing the growing number of native animals and plants that are facing extinction. Restoring feeding habitat for threatened bird and mammal pollinators can help ensure their survival.

You can see the guidelines at Restoring pollinator habitat.

Learn more about the Saving our Species program.

Photos for media: Regent honeyeater (Anthochaera phrygia).