Pollinator Link® project is a not-for-profit social enterprise creating wildlife corridors for urban spaces.
The concept is to use backyards, parks, school grounds and even unit block balconies to link patches of bushland habitat fragmented by our urban environment.
I invented the Pollinator Link® concept in 2012 when I was researching ways to link Mt Gravatt Conservation Reserve with Bulimba Creek. Brisbane City Council have mapped desirable environmental links like the corridor through Mt Gravatt Showgrounds. However, beyond the Showgrounds are two roads and four rows of houses before reaching Abbeville Street Park. Some wildlife corridors follow creek lines, however, often our urban creeks are piped underground and wildlife corridors are fragmented by the urban matrix of roads, houses, units, schools, commercial properties, shopping centres, etc. Short of rebuilding after a Christchurch style event, creating contiguous wildlife corridors through the urban matrix is pretty much a dream.
The aim of the Pollinator Link® project is to create innovative and sustainable urban wildlife corridors within an environment of rapidly growing population, busy lifestyles and a culture of “quick fix”. Engaging the wider community in bringing birds, butterflies and bees to their gardens thus creating a network of wildlife corridors. This will, over time, also build community understanding of the value of urban wildlife corridors, that is, tilling the ground to help future projects.