Berry National Tree Day project to fill critical wildlife corridor gap

A wildlife corridor to link Broughton Creek with other remnant vegetation project sites east of Berry will be created as part of National Tree Day.

The Berry treeway is a tree planting project to fill a critical wildlife corridor gap between Broughton Creek and one of the highway underpasses adjacent to the ‘Gembrook’ property.

During the planning stages of the proposed Foxground and Berry Bypass roadworks, NSW Roads and Maritime Services met with community groups and local community members.

The RMS took on board many of the communities’ comments including the provision of wildlife rope ladders, nest boxes and underpasses and revegetation using locally collected native plant seeds by Berry Landcare members.

The RMS has given the green light for the corridor’s creation and will support the tree planting project.

Local Bush Connect project officer, David Rush said the treeway idea emerged after Berry Landcare and some local private landowners completed some corridor project sites which run for about three kilometres north of the Princes Highway.

“We identified a gap in the remnant vegetation patches between the Princes Highway and Broughton Creek which supports a population of Large-footed Myotis (Myotis macropus) or fishing bats,” he said.

“The Foxground Berry bypass roadworks creates something of a barrier to native wildlife movement, but the wildlife underpasses provide an opportunity to create vegetation corridors.

“We approached RMS and they not only approved the idea, they also agreed to fund elements of the project, including fencing and water.”

It’s planned to plant more than 450 native plants and trees along the 20m corridor.

“We have registered the event with Planet Ark’s National Tree Day,” Mr Rush said.

“This treeway will close a critical gap and link more than three kilometres of wildlife corridor essential for the success of an important part of our Berry Bush Links project.”

Interested community members are invited to take part and plant the treeway between 10am and 2pm on Sunday, July 30.

You can register on the National Tree Day website: www.treeday.planetark.org/site/10015372.

For further information or to find out how to get involved in the Berry Bush Links project, phone David Rush on 0418 977 402.

There will also be a tree planting event at the Berry Public School on Friday, July 28.