Windharps of the Wimmera

Maron, Martine (2006) Windharps of the Wimmera. Wingspan, 16 (3). pp. 22-25. ISSN 1036-7810


The leafless Buloke trees of western Victoria’s Wimmera Plains used to be viewed as scruffy and useless, inferior to the more majestic Red Gums and shade-giving Grey Box. ... But in parts of the Wimmera, trees are still being lost at an artificially high rate. To replace a typical 40 cm diameter Buloke tree, with its small hollows for birds and bats and large canopy providing profitable foraging for red-tails, might take over 300 years. We must retain existing trees for as long as we can to help bridge the gap. The importance of scattered trees and small Buloke remnants must not be underestimated, as they are a vital link to the future for the Wimmera's unique and valuable avifauna.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No reply to 3 requests for copyright clearance, so taken live 22/7/2008.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Biological and Physical Sciences
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:47
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: buloke trees; Wimmera region; landscape ecology
Fields of Research : 06 Biological Sciences > 0602 Ecology > 060208 Terrestrial Ecology
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0701 Agriculture, Land and Farm Management > 070101 Agricultural Land Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960805 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales

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