Large old trees scattered across paddocks are an iconic image in our rural landscape and can provide significant and potentially irreplaceable benefits. Many landholders appreciate these magnificent trees for maintaining the productive capacity of our land through providing shade and shelter for stock, reducing the risk of salinity and improving soil properties. Fewer people are aware of their value in conserving biodiversity. Scattered paddock trees provide an important role for our wildlife including:

  • Hollows for many birds, mammals, reptiles, frogs, insects and spiders. It takes at least 60 years for hollows to develop, therefore we need to conserve mature trees, including those which are dead, to ensure the survival of animals and plants that depend on them.
  • A stepping stone for the movement of wildlife through the landscape especially between areas of remnant vegetation.
  • Food Sources - Honeyeaters, sugar gliders and many other animals depend on nectar and pollen whilst leaf eating animals like koalas, possums and gliders need a range of trees to choose from.
  • Nesting sites: Paddock tree provide nesting sites for a variety of small to large bird species.

The following fact sheets and UTube video were produced by the Riverina Highlands Landcare network and the Fenner School at the Australian National University with support from Riverina Local Land Services and the NSW Environmental Trust.

  1. Restoring the Missing Link Project
  2. Steps to Successful Restoration

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