Behind the scenes for the superb parrot and woodlands

The NSW Government announced recently that about $400,000 would go towards a regionally-based conservation project to help save the threatened superb parrot.

Superb parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) male bird also known as Barraband's parrot, Barraband's parakeet, or green leek parrot, is a parrot native to south-eastern Australia

The project will protect and restore superb parrot habitat on private land, national parks and reserves by protecting and re-planting paddock trees and improving habitat quality with shrub species including wattles that provide important food resources for this beautiful parrot. Find out more about the project.

The ‘Saving Our Superb Parrot’ project is a strong regional partnership between the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS), Greening Australia, Cowra Woodland Birds Group and five Landcare groups. National Parks Association (NPA) members also volunteer for habitat restoration and private landowners assist with surveys.

NPWS Southern Ranges Branch Ranger Susie Jackson is managing several actions on the ground for the superb parrot and its woodlands habitat in south-east New South Wales.

At 1500 hectares, the Dananbilla Nature Reserve site is the single largest box-gum woodland patch in the national reserve system in Australia. As one of six identified sites in the Young district, the Dananbilla is home to over 20 threatened and other native species, including the superb parrot, turquoise parrot, hooded robin, squirrel glider, eastern spotted quoll and the Vulnerable pink-tailed worm lizard.

Actions include removing noxious and exotic pasture weeds, harvesting the good areas for native grasses or forbs (native flowers) to replant into less thriving areas and planting new trees.

‘We’re in it for the long haul,’ Susie Jackson said. ‘The progress over the past 20 years has been slow but the outcomes are so promising. Even if it turns out to be a 50-year project it is worth it to make sure that we restore as much of these beautiful woodlands as possible.

‘There is so much important connectivity between the trees, grasses and animals in these woodlands.’

Students from Boorowa's St Joseph's School and local landholder David MarshSenior Saving our Species Officer Damon Oliver shared his passion for threatened woodland birds with Year 6 from Boorowa's St Joseph's School on an annual visit, this time arranging for some of them to spend time with inspirational landholder David Marsh (pictured) who has restored his farm from 3% total native vegetation cover in 1966 to over 20%. There have been 128 bird species recorded on his property in the last 20 years, including many threatened species!