Australia’s bushfire crisis during 2019 placed an enormous toll on wildlife, with huge numbers of mammals, birds, reptiles, insects and other species killed.
Ecologist Chris Dickman from the University of Sydney estimated that more than a billion animals have died around the country- a figure that excludes fish, frogs, bats and insects.
To assist with the impacts of the fire across the Coffs Harbour local government area and future effects of drought, the Prosper Coffs Harbour Environmental Trust established the ‘Native Fauna Disaster Recovery Project’. This project has involved working closely with the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital and Nana Glen Landcare Group to install watering stations on fire affected properties, nesting boxes for various bird species and a food drive for wildlife.
In an effort to support our native wildlife on the Coffs Coast, the Prosper Coffs Environmental Trust secured support from the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital to install three watering stations across fire ravaged areas. The water stations, affectionately known as ‘Blinky Drinkers’ have played a key role in the recovery efforts of our native wildlife, providing up to 200 litres of water per station.
The Nana Glen Landcare group are playing a vital role in this project, assisting with the ongoing maintenance and refilling of the water stations.
The Coffs Harbour Protection of the Environment Trust initiated a 2 month Food Drive from 24 Feb 2020, to assist the Nana Glen Landcare Group support wildlife in fire affected areas. This important project provided relief for wildlife with additional food as the area gradually recovered from the fires.
The project was a huge success, thanks to the generous donations of community members and groups such as the Animal Rescue Collective Coffs Harbour. We received donations such as bird seed, pellets, carrots and sweet potatoes for wildlife.
If you would like more information about the Food Drive initiative please contact Prosper Coffs Harbour.
In April 2020 Prosper Coffs Harbour received a generous donation from Coffs City Rotary to assist with the impact on native fauna from the 2019 Bushfires. These funds were used to purchase and install 10 nesting boxes for fauna within key areas in Nana Glen, such as parrots, brushtail possums, kingfishers and kookaburras. The nesting boxes were sensitively installed by an arborist, along with many others from Nana Glen Landcare.
‘The nesting boxes will provide much needed habitat for native wildlife, as much of their normal habitat was lost in the fires. We are delighted to collaborate in this activity, and very grateful to all the donating groups for their support. These activities have reaffirmed what a strong and caring community we have in this region’, says Adam Rees from Nana Glen Landcare.