Corridors and connectivity

Conservation management notes

This note looks at how corridors might be used to maximise the wildlife habitat value of a fragmented landscape, and what to consider when planning a corridor project.

1 June 2011
Office of Environment and Heritage
  • ISBN 978-1-742933-14-6
  • ID OEH20110657
  • File PDF 474KB
  • Pages 4
  • Name corridors-connectivity-conservation-management-notes-110657.pdf

In agricultural and other developed landscapes, natural habitat is often only available in small, isolated patches. These landscapes are unable to support their full complement of native plants and wildlife, and those that have survived may be in difficulty. To restore landscape connectivity, many revegetation projects in recent decades have aimed not only to increase the area of habitat but to also re-link isolated natural areas with corridors.

Types of corridors

Linear or strip corridors are continuous, or mostly continuous, bands of vegetation or waterway.

Stepping stones are isolated patches of vegetation, single trees, or wetlands or farm dams. The patches become a corridor when the distance between them is small enough for some species to be able to move from one patch to the next. Even single paddock trees are valuable and can act as stepping stones or provide habitat for some species.