Tree Hollows – A home to suit every need

Kingborough Council has produced a new brochure, entitled “Tree Hollows – A home to suit every need”. It aims to help people understand the importance of tree hollows and how to retain, or help form this critical habitat.

Tree hollows – homes needed by 42 animal species – are now rare in the landscape because they take a long time to form, typically more than 150 years.

The brochure details how landholders can manage properties to provide better animal habitat whilst retaining safety for people. And it presents ideas that could work on their own properties.

It is based on the booklet “Tree Hollows in Tasmania – A Guide” published by Forest Practices Authority. Arborists, wildlife experts and land managers have provided input to the brochure to ensure it is practical and informative.

The brochure is available at Kingborough Council and here.

Possum in a tree hollow

BIEN Annual Report 2019

Another great year focusing on Bruny’s unique environment saw:

  • the 2018 Bird Festival fly with over 500 people, laughter, cries of delight and sightings of rare birds
  • the cat management program now implemented, based squarely on science and community participation
  • a tribute seat erected to the generosity of Ross and Jo Denne for donating the the bird-rich Dennes Hill to the world
  • a day of discovery of local and global climate change impacts
  • another day focusing on maintaining diverse wildlife habitat, restoration, nest boxes and wildlife monitoring for the Island
  • shorebird protection activities
  • progress on implementing a set of environmental accounts for Bruny,
  • extensive lobbying to ensure proposed extensions of fish farms do not adversely impact the environment, and
  • liaising and working with the new ferry operator ensure environmental concerns are addressed

Read the full details in the BIEN Annual Report 2019.

Film – 2040

Come along to the screening of this inspiring film by director Damon Gameau. See more here

Followed by a Q&A with Dr Cayne Layton, Project Researcher with the Giant Kelp Forest restoration project.

Film starts at 1:30 but come early at 12.30 for a delicious soup and roll lunch by Bruny Co-op for just $6.

Donation entry for film.

 

AGM

Annual General Meeting at 11:00am.

All positions open for election. Financial members are eligible to nominate.

 

Speaker series at the 2018 Bruny Island Bird Festival

Three solid days of talks by experts, researchers, enthusiasts and scientists gave plenty of food for thought, culminating in the provocative and irreverent talk by First Dog on the Moon (censored!).  The speaker series has become a much-loved feature of the Bird Festival and links to many of the talks are found below.

Oration on the intellect of threatened species by First Dog

Tonia Cochran – What really happens at Inala

Kaylene Allan Cat management on Bruny

Fi Hume – Spots or stripes

Shannon Troy – Orange bellied parrots

Scott Whitemore – Machine learning birdsong

Sarah Lloyd – Sex and the spring dawn chorus

Ruth Mollison – Elizabeth Gould

Matthew Fielding – Ravens

Craig Webb – Rescue to Release Workshop

Clare Hawkins – Where where wedgies

CHRIS TZAROS – Out of the Blue Bruny Bird Festival 2018

Angela Hansen – Quackipedia

Andrew Hingston – Swift Parrots and invasive species

Adan Cisterne – Masked Owl research

 

KC Environment Fund information sessions.

Come along to chat with Nicholas Alexander from Kingborough Council about the recently announced $800,000 Environment Fund.  Have your project ideas for your property ready .

Session 1. Dennes Point Hall – 11.00am

Session 2. Adventure Bay-  2pm  at Bruny Bowls Club

BIEN Committee Meeting

First Committee meeting for 2019 will be held on Sunday 17th February. All members are welcome to attend. We will be meeting at the picnic shelter at the beginning of Mavista Falls walk. Bring your own chair, snack or lunch and a cup for coffee. Optional walk up the falls track after meeting.

Contact Marg bien.network@gmail.com  for agenda