Wildlife habitats restored thanks to a world first invention
Cutting-edge technology has been used to reconstruct more than 800 new natural habitats for native animals displaced after the 2019-2020 bushfires in New South Wales.
The government of New South Wales has invested $ 165,000 to carve new tree hollows using ‘Hollowhog’, an Australian invention that has minimal impact on tree health and integrity. .
Matt Stephens, Transport for NSW environmental officer and conservation biologist, invented the Hollowhog, after 10 years of problem-solving to create sustainable homes for wildlife.
Regional Transport and Roads Minister Paul Toole said the use of the technology in New South Wales is a world first.
“Creating hollows in mature trees is important because 15% of Australia’s wildlife depend on them for nesting and habitation – that’s over a quarter of reptiles like goannas, geckos and pythons, 17% of birds and about 30% of mammals. “said Mr. Toole.
The Black Summer bushfires destroyed 5.5 million hectares of tree hollows that opossums, gliders, micro bats and birds use to breed, shelter and protect themselves. Hollowhog has so far replaced destroyed habitat in 20 locations around the regional NSW.