Habitat for Birds Project, Northern Tasmania
During 2020/21, seven community gardens in the Launceston region, Northern Tasmania, were planted with local indigenous plants as a shelterbelt or aesthetic interconnected vegetation clump as habitat and food plants for beneficial insects and small birds. The gardens will benefit from birds such as thorn-bills and blue wrens visiting the area predating on garden insects in the garden thus supporting chemical-free food growing.
Community connections and learning was fostered through all sites with individuals learning about the importance of small birds in urban food-growing areas.
School children were happy to spend time outdoors during the time of COVID lockdown, with 130 people participating across the 7 sites creating a total area of 1.8ha of habitat to support the various gardens.
Participating gardens included:
- West Launceston Primary School Community Garden
- Waverley Primary School Community Garden
- Harmony Garden Mowbray
- Riverside High School
- Trevallyn Primary School Community Garden
- Northern Suburbs Community Centre Community Garden
- Hazara Community Garden St Leonard’s.