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Help save the scarlet robin

South East Local Land Services is encouraging the Braidwood community to become involved in a project to help save the scarlet robin.

Senior Land Services Officer, Rebecca Bradley said the scarlet robin is a vivid woodland bird which stands out in the local landscape on a bleak winter day.

“It is medium-sized, reaching to 13 cm in length and quite plump,” Mrs Bradley said.

“The male has a black head and a bright scarlet-red breast.  The female is pale brown and has a dull reddish breast.  It lives within open forests and woodlands of south-eastern Australia and south-west Western Australia.

“During winter it visits more open habitats, like grasslands, and may be seen in farmland, urban parks and gardens.”

The scarlet robin is listed as a vulnerable species within NSW.  It is considered to be declining in numbers due to the loss of its habitat, degradation of habitat from weed invasion and its increased vulnerability from predation.

The South East Local Land Services save our scarlet robin project is funded through the NSW Environmental Trust’s Save our Species program. The program has identified key threats and management actions to address these threats that will help to improve the scarlet robin’s future prospects, along with a range of other threatened woodland birds.

“Community involvement will be a key element to the bird’s successful recovery,” Mrs Bradley said.

“We are asking members of the community to complete a survey to help us build local knowledge about the species and existing community initiatives.  The information will also assist us to define project activities.”

To register your interest and receive information about the scarlet robin and opportunities to get involved in this project visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCARLETROBIN or contact Rebecca Bradley, South East Local Land Services on 02 4842 2594 or email rebecca.bradley@lls.nsw.gov.au.

This 10-year program will provide an opportunity for members of the community to participate in projects that will help to protect and attract woodland birds.  Financial assistance will be provided to landholders in targeted areas near Delegate, Braidwood, Burra and Michelago to protect and enhance bird habitat and manage threats such as grassy weeds and feral animals.

A range of community and government organisations will be involved including Kosciuszko to Coast, Molonglo Catchment Group, Upper Shoalhaven Landcare, Office of Environment and Heritage, the Nature Conservation Trust and Australian Native Botanic Gardens.

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Media contact: Rebecca Bradley, 02 4842 2594