By: Michael Fox
I joined two other speakers at the Brisbane Biodiversity Seminar Series to share our vision of urban wildlife corridors – Pollinator Links.
My presentation shared the need for and complexity of creating wildlife corridors through the urban matrix.
Matrix of roads, houses and fences creates barriers to movement of wildlife:
- Reduced diversity of birds in backyards – less Fairy Wrens and more Crows, rat and cats
- Less butterflies and bees in backyards
- Increased species loss in isolated patches of bushland – predation, fire, etc
Inspiration from overseas, Maleny and Alice Springs. If a wildlife corridor can be built two stories above the streets and among the skyscrapers of New York we must be able to do something in Brisbane.
I also explored how the Pollinator Link garden at Mt Gravatt State High School is linking people, school, business and community with habitat.
The Brisbane Biodiversity Seminar Series delivers a range of interesting events like Gliders in urban space and Camphor Laurel – a useful weed?
My fellow presenters for the June Seminar were:
Catherine Madden, Land for Wildlife, Conservation Community Partnerships Program, Brisbane City Council enjoys working with private land holders to help achieve their conservation outcomes.
Catherine shared program updates and achievements of how Council has built partnerships with private landholders to create more Land for Wildlife!
Mik Petter, Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee
In 2005 the Bulimba Creek Catchment Coordinating Committee, of which Mik was the founding chair, won the prestigious Australian National River Prize, the first urban group to do so.
Since that time B4C has gone from strength to strength forming community partnerships with all levels of government and industry to help facilitate the rehabilitation of Bulimba Creek Catchment, winning many accolades along the way.
Today they are a thriving community organisation, with their own Sustainability Centre and a bush restoration contracting arm. Mik is going to tell us about that journey.