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Land for Wildlife Top End

Land for Wildlife Top End is a voluntary program to assist and encourage landholders to provide habitat for wildlife on their properties. In the Top End, the program is run by Greening Australia through funding from the Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.

Impacts

250

Members

8,000ha

Land covered

Land for Wildlife Top End is a voluntary program to assist and encourage landholders to provide habitat for wildlife on their properties. In the Top End, the program is run by Greening Australia through funding from the Parks & Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory.

Land for Wildlife Top End is becoming increasingly important as bushland around Darwin is lost to development and remaining tracts of key native habitat is owned by private landholders.

A growing number of landholders are joining the program which already has a diverse group of over 250 members covering 8,000 hectares of land in the greater Darwin region and Katherine area.

In 2017, the Land for Wildlife Top End received both a ‘Australian Government Partnerships for Landcare’ award in the NT Landcare Awards, as well as a ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the Territory NRM Awards for its collaboration with partners and landholders.

What does Land for Wildlife offer?

  • access to support and advice about habitat management, protection and restoration of land
  • a connection with like-minded people and the chance to network and share ideas
  • opportunities to be involved in field days, workshops and other activities
  • protection of native wildlife habitat through legally binding agreements, such as Conservation Covenants
  • newsletters and technical notes

Who can join Land for Wildlife?

  • manages part or all of their property as habitat for native plants and animals
  • is interested in integrating nature conservation with other land uses
  • has a property with at least 1 hectare of native vegetation (exceptions may apply for educational purposes)

As part of the program, workshops and field days are held on member’s land two to three times a year. These have included native plant propagation workshops, fire management, weed management and identification days, and ‘Trees for Wildlife’ (an arboriculture workshop about encouraging wildlife by using dead trees and logs). Greening Australia also hosts field days about local wildlife or landscapes of interest. The scheme networks and promotes with other organisations with similar values, such as Wildcare and Landcare groups.

Current Land for Wildlife properties in Darwin are mainly residential rural blocks but also include conservation reserves, defense land and public land encompassing a wide variety of environments such as woodland communities, riverine landscapes, lagoons, sand sheet, coastal vine thicket and monsoon rainforest.

For more information about getting involved with Land For Wildlife Top End please get in touch

Visit the Land for Wildlife Top End website

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