NATURAL VALUES AND CONTEXT
The decline of Tasmania’s majestic old-growth blue gum forests (Eucalyptus globulus) continues to threaten the critically endangered swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), whose population depends upon the threatened forest community for survival.
With your help, we can acquire, protect and manage 150 hectares of prime swift parrot habitat at Little Swanport, located between Triabunna and Swansea on Tasmania’s stunning east coast.
Extensive clearing of land following European settlement has resulted in only a quarter of old-growth blue gum forest remaining in the state’s south-east. These stands of forest offer food, shelter, breeding hollows and nesting habitat for a variety of species, including the critically endangered swift parrot (Lathamus discolor).
The rapidly declining swift parrot migrates annually from mainland Australia to Tasmania and relies upon the mature blue gum trees for survival. Yet with half of Tasmania’s blue gum forest already lost and only 2000 swift parrots remaining, unless foraging and breeding habitats are protected, scientists predict the world’s fastest parrot could be extinct within 15 years. Will you help to secure critical habitat for this iconic species to ensure it is given the best chance of survival?
“The critically endangered swift parrot relies on large patches of old growth forest containing a combination of breeding, nesting and foraging habitat. This property at Little Swanport on Tasmania’s east coast has all three,“ Difficult Bird Research Group, Australian National University.
With direct river frontage, Little Swanport is an important link between aquatic and terrestrial habitats that support a variety of rare plants and wildlife. Threatened species such as the Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) and eastern quoll (Dasyurus viverrinus) thrive in the property’s lowland woodlands landscape, as do the eastern barred bandicoot (Perameles gunnii), bettong (Bettongia gaimardi) and spotted quail thrush (Cinclosoma punctatum).
Securing Little Swanport will provide an important ecological link within a coastal fringe of private and public land, helping to prevent further fragmentation of critical habitat that underpins the area’s biodiversity significance.
Will you help us to raise $750,000 to protect and manage the critical values of Little Swanport in perpetuity, to ensure the best possible outcome for these species and others that rely on this high priority landscape?