Corridors for wildlife

The Wildlife Trusts want to move on from fragmented nature conservation. Instead they’re working towards living landscapes. Andrew Bennett at the World Conservation Union agrees, explaining why linkages in the landscape matter.

Please bear with me: this post is short because RL needs attention. I’m grateful to grantdenkinson for the idea in a comment to my post about restoring and creating woodlands.

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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5 Responses to Corridors for wildlife

  1. narf77 says:

    I agree with this premise. We have been toying with turning the back acre of our block into a wildlife corridor because we don’t use this part of Serendipity Farm and it is littered with wallaby pathways to the bushland surrounding us and we are in the process of applying to have Serendipity Farm listed as a garden for wildlife. It takes a bit of time as you have to submit a report on your property but when they accept (and they had better! 😉 ) we will be able to display a sign on our front gate explaining our decision to turn over our garden and native remnant bushland to our local native critters.

    • argylesock says:

      I hope you’ll write about how this goes. Wallabies are wildlife, aren’t they? Or are they more like pests where you are?

      • narf77 says:

        Wallabies are wildlife but to most gardeners they are pests ;). They eat the lower stuff and the possums eat the higher stuff and between them they can actually eat a tree in a very short length of time. I came to the decision that if they were that desperate to consume a specific tree…then it wasn’t going to be grown here and when it comes to food production we are just going to have to ensure that it remains firmly out of the possum and wallabies reach and it’s our responsibility to erect structures to protect it. I am in the process of planting out all sorts of edible trees, shrubs, ground covers, annuals and perennials and vines to ensure that there is more than enough food for us and for the wildlife. Permaculture integrates our needs with those of the native wildlife and if you look carefully enough it’s another one of those cycles that permaculture tangles up with sustainble living. Possums are extremely territorial and I figure that if our local possum population gets to eat their weights worth of cherry plums, loquats, passionfruit and kiwifruit etc. they are going to be vigorous, healthy and extremely active in protecting their patch from other possum invaders so we will end up with an endemic healthy population of pest control managers much like integrated pest and weed management…you just have to keep looking till you find a satisfactory level of interaction and mass food production to make everyone happy is our ultimate goal 🙂

        • argylesock says:

          I’m watching. You 2 are from Britain, aren’t you? So you’re working with ecosystems that must be foreign to you as they would be to me.

          • narf77 says:

            Steve is from the U.K. I am a born and bred Aussie originally from Western Australia but now living in Tasmania. Steve has adapted very well to living out in the sticks for a man who only ever lived in large cities in the U.K. (Liverpool and South-End on Sea). Together we are learning to live our penniless hippy existance and are happier than we have ever been in our entire lives 🙂

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