Evidence: Resilient Woodlands, Grasslands and Alpine Bogs

The evidence behind the need to protect and enhance woodlands, grasslands and alpine bogs as a high priority is strong, and is underpinned by a large body of work undertaken by the Conservation, Planning and Research Unit as well as research at the national level. The focus in the ACT is centred around connectivity of habitat for threatened woodland birds, protection and enhancement of grasslands, and protection of Alpine Bogs and fens. This section provides a snapshot of this research and how it underpins the ACT Natural Resource Management (NRM) Investment Plan.

Map showing bird restoration hotspots Restoration of woodland bird hotspots

Data analysis

Bird occurrence data was used to identify important populations of targeted threatened species. Vegetation mapping was used to identify core habitat for breeding, foraging and dispersal. This data included:

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Priorities for management

Rural areas have been identified as a high priority with some complementary priorities and opportunities identified on public land. Long term bird surveys have demonstrated a steady decline in threatened birds within and adjacent to urban areas in the ACT, however understanding of the reasons behind this decline is poor, and as such the prioritisation process has minimised investment in urban areas until further information can be obtained.

ACT hotspots

Molonglo, Murrumbidgee Valley and Googong have been identified as priority areas , with a focus on open woodland areas. Activities and outcomes will be strongly reliant landholder interest due to a prevalence of priority sites on rural lands.

Projects and partnerships

NSW Government (South East Local Land Services) are supporting programs to enhance habitat for woodland birds including the Southern Tablelands Flyway which enhances habitat for the Superb Parrot to the north of the ACT and the Googong Flyway which improves and protects habitat for the Scarlet Robin.

Map of bogs and fens in the ACT region Managing bogs and fens in a changing climate

Data analysis

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Priorities for management