This Spring we’ll be running a guided tour of our Nardoo Hills Reserves, which protect temperate woodlands outside of Wedderburn in Victoria.
Nardoo, a collection of four reserves, just a few hours north of Melbourne, protects woodland bird habitat – including grassy box woodland and box ironbark forest.
The reserves support over 100 bird species, including the swift parrot, hooded robin, diamond firetail, crested bellbird and crested shrike-tit.
Beyond enjoying some bird watching and admiring massive, mature yellow box trees there’s a really interesting story to discover at Nardoo, and Victorian Reserve Manager Jeroen Van Veen is looking forward to talking supporters through it.
Rufous songlark at Nardoo. Photos by Peter Morris
“When you stand at the summit of these hills you can see the view stretching for miles and get a sense of the extent of land clearing and a sense of the habitat disconnect that we’re trying to bridge with our work in the area,” says Jeroen.
All this clearing has led to a dramatic drop in bird populations, and when you add in the drier climatic conditions that are causing even some of the existing trees to die back on reserve, it’s a harrowing picture.
It’s possible even common birds such as the red wattlebird, spotted pardolate and rufous whistler are in trouble, making conservation areas like Nardoo all the more important.
The Nardoo Hills Tour is just one of the visitation opportunities we’ve organised for 2015, which include guided tag-along tours, camping options and self-guided visits (including interpretive walks).
Fees for guided trips are based on covering our costs to plan, prepare and run each visit. This ensures donations made towards conservation aren’t subsidising tours. See visiting our reserves for bookings and more details.