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Private land 'can help save Australia's imperilled wildlife'

Private land 'can help save Australia's imperilled wildlife'

Media issued by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED) and The Australian National University (ANU) have found that unprotected areas are faring far better than old conservation reserves as sanctuaries for the nation's woodland birds. This is because some private lands, when compared with old conservation areas, contain more flat and fertile habitats where woodland birds prosper, say Professor David Lindenmayer and Ms Laura Rayner of CEED and ANU.

The finding indicates that unprotected areas have great potential to conserve and restore native wildlife. The researchers also found that landowners who join Landcare groups or have off-farm incomes are more likely to undertake native revegetation, which may help to restore biodiversity on their lands.

Professor Brendan Wintle of CEED and Unimelb says this is one of the first biodiversity models to combine social with ecological data.

 

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