|Project Officer||Kristen Mappin & Margaret Jakobson|
Federal Government's Biodiversity Fund Program
The BBG is delivering a project to create a wetland haven at Schwenkes Dam, Greenbushes, to attract critically endangered waterbirds to inhabit the site. The 4-year Priority Bittern and Waterbird Biodiversity Enhancement Project was one of only four successful proposals in WA under the Federal Government’s Biodiversity Fund Program. The project is being run in partnership with Talison Lithium Pty Ltd and with support from of the Department of Parks and Wildlife, a number of agencies, Local Government and community groups.
Interconnected beaches, mud flats and habitat areas will be created and then planted with appropriate endemic species of rushes, sedges & melaleucas to create suitable habitat and nesting sites for a range of bird species.
This project also focuses on increasing populations of the endangered bittern species and Black Cockatoo species. Activities such as enhancing the wetland and forest habitat, controlling weeds and feral animals, and erecting nestboxes will improve the success of establishing new fauna populations.
Community engagement is integral to the long-term success of this project and there are lots of great opportunities to get involved. Visit our How to Get Involved page to find out more.
This unique project forms part of a long term vision to establish a large-scale wetland system in the Greenbushes area says BBG Project Manager Joby Rand, providing such a vital freshwater refuge, we hope to not only attract and protect species of endangered, nationally significant birdlife, but also opportunities to further promote the area for passive recreation pursuits such as bird watching and hiking.
The Blackwood Basin Group has also released several reports and surveys related to the Waterbird Project which can be found here.