2019 Special Appeal MAKING HOMES FOR WILDLIFE ALONG THE MERRI
Birds and microbats are a wonderful and vital part of the Merri Creek environment. Some of these creatures need tree-hollows for homes; sadly these hollows are in short supply along the Merri. It takes 70 to 100 years for natural hollows to form and most of the planted trees along the Merri are much younger than this.
But help is at hand. Artificial hollows, such as specially designed nest boxes, can support birds and microbats that might otherwise not thrive along the Merri.
Your tax deductible donation will help us install nest boxes for Pardalote birds and microbats in Merri Park, Northcote. A trained arborist will do the installation. Community volunteers will be trained to monitor the boxes. If all goes well, we'll roll out a more extensive nest box project in future years. Read our feasibility assessment (pdf) for the nest box project.
Photo: Spotted Pardalote © Peter Mollison
PLEASE DONATE: Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.
Donate by Credit Card: Go to the secure engine of GiveNow.
Donate by Cheque: Make out to Merri Creek Environment Fund and send to 2 Lee Street, East Brunswick, 3057 with a filled in Donation form.
Donate by Cash: Drop in a donation at our office.
Bringing Merri Creek back to life
The Merri Creek Environment Fund is a tax-deductible fund which aims to ensure the preservation of the natural and cultural heritage of Merri Creek and its tributaries, their corridors and associated ecological communities.
Donations to the Fund provide a long-term and independent source of funding to continue bringing Merri Creek back to life after 170 years of degradation. For examples of projects that donations to the Fund have supported, read the MCEF News section towards the top left of this page.
The fund is overseen by four directors committed to Merri Creek and the wider community. They are David Redfearn OAM (Chair), Glenyys Romanes, Jo Connellan and Ann Sanson.
The Merri Creek Environment Fund is a fund of the Merri Creek Management Committee, a non-profit organisation committed to ethical investment.
If you would like to make a donation, follow the instructions above.
You may also like to look at our two page brochure about the Merri Creek Environment Fund.
The Challenge of Restoring Merri Creek Habitat for Birds and Animals
Merri Creek stretches from the Great Dividing Range to the Yarra River. It flows from foothill forests, through farmland, rocky gorges, rare native grasslands, between quarries and factories and houses in the northern suburbs of Melbourne.
After 170 years of degradation the restoration work of the last 30 years has made a huge difference, but there's a lot of work still to do.
The return of the Sacred Kingfisher is celebrated by a festival, but many other birds as well as animals are returning to Merri Creek thanks to the revegetation and remnant vegetation protection works which have been carried out.
Improving the water quality of the Creek remains a challenge requiring revegetation of the Creek banks in rural areas, restoration of wetlands or creation of new ones, and better management of the urban catchments.
Completing the habitat corridor linking the foothill forests to the grasslands in the middle catchments and through the suburbs to the Yarra is a huge task.
Rare species in the catchments: There are seven nationally rare or endangered species, and hundreds of species which are rare in the state or in the Merri Creek catchment. These species need particular attention to ensure that their populations in the Merri Creek catchment flourish. This can involve careful weed control to remove their competition, burning, or collection of seed and re-planting.
For birds and other animals to thrive, protection and ongoing management of habitat is critical.