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River to River Corridors Project
The River to River Wildlife Corridors project aims to assist the long term survival and conservation of small birds in the City of Ryde and Hunters Hill areas through improvement of identified habitat areas.
Urban development between the Lane Cove and Parramatta Rivers has disconnected and fragmented many of the natural bushland corridors used by wildlife.
Reconnecting these bush corridors with new plantings and improving the condition of existing areas, encourages fauna and flora species to disperse between vegetated, protective bush sites which help their survival and conservation.
The project has made use of scientific surveys to:
- target, design and implement strategic plantings
- monitor the fauna population responses.
Local residents, schools and community groups have all assisted us with the task, helping us to establish over 13,000 plants in the Ryde and Hunters Hill areas.
The recent ‘Major Biodiversity Day Out’ at Olympic Park was the final community engagement day for the River to River Corridors Project.
Residents who live directly along the project corridor zones were invited to attend the event which included workshops on:
- How to create habitat for small birds and fauna within their garden
- How to care for wildlife
- Local small native birds.
Residents and the community played a critical role in extending and enhancing the wildlife corridor zones for small birds and native fauna. They planted native plant species in their gardens so that local birds and fauna would not be confined to isolated pockets of parklands.
Besides enhancing the corridor zone, residents also assisted with creating a small bird habitat area at Olympic Park called a ‘stepping zone’. They also enjoyed a barbecue lunch and took some native plants home.
The project is now commencing its final stage. We are thrilled with the 25 sites that have been established across the City of Ryde and Hunters Hill areas. It would not have been possible to create these sites without the assistance of the community groups, schools and residents of both council areas.
A big thank-you to everyone who has given their time to help enhance areas for small birds and fauna across the City of Ryde and Hunters Hill. We wish you success in creating your own habitat zones.
Habitat-Friendly Gardens Brochure
The Habitat-Friendly Gardens Brochure is a step by step guide on what you can do in your garden to help provide habitat for our small, disappearing native birds. The brochure was developed by the River to River Corridors Project.
Download the Habitat-Friendly Gardens Brochure or contact Council on 9952 8222 for a free hard copy.
River to River Wildlife Corridor is a three year grant funded project by the NSW Environmental Trust with the City Of Ryde and Hunters Hill Councils in partnership with the Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority (SMCMA).
Page Last Updated: 14 June 2013