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OurBushland Values

Learn about projects in the area

Importance of Native Mistletoe

Native Mistletoe is a keystone species in woodland and dry forests. What is a keystone species? It's like the building block that holds everything together. Learn more about it's importance by watching the video below.


Cessnock Forests-OurBushland video Project

There are 9 endangered ecological communities found in OurBushland remnants. Lower Hunter Spotted Gum Ironbark Forests, Kurri Sands Woodlands and more. These forests support  65  46 fauna and 10 flora species.

This 2018 video below developed by Cessnock City Council with support from Hunter Local Land Services, explains how important these forests are. Cessnock City Council have developed the Our Bushland Video Series. Watch them all here:


Biodiversity on private lands

Rural landholders in the Lower Hunter valley, in Kurri Kurri, Cessnock, Mt Vincent, Quorrobolong, Congewai, Paxton and surrounds are important stewards of some very important habitats.  

Forests and woodlands cleared for farming, mining and development have fragmented the landscape in the Hunter Valley.  Private landholders in the area can also do their bit to protect and restore natural values on their lands will reap the benefits. With support from Hunter Local Land Services, and Biodiversity Conservation Trust many properties have been restored and conserved in the area.

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Native Mistletoe Restoration Project

BirdLife Australia are working with ANU's Dr Dave Watson, and Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council to trial direct seeding of native mistletoe. Read more here: Mistletoe News Dec 2022 


Protecting the Cessnock Forests Project

The Department of Planning and Environment- Saving Our Species program has been installing protective fencing around the most important remnant vegetation. Local illegal access, illegal tree clearing, firewood collection, rubbish dumping and arson is the biggest threat to this endangered vegetation and the endangered fauna within it.


This work is in partnership with Cessnock City Council, Crown Lands, NPWS and Mindaribba Local Aboriginal Land Council.

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Bringing back the Regent Honeyeater project

Hunter Local Land Services has been promoting Our Bushland values, and working with private landholders, Hunter Region Landcare members and other land managers to restore, enhance, protect and expand OurBushland. While the Regent Honeyeater is the flagship species, the efforts to protect this one species, provide benefits at a larger scale for hundreds of others, the important vegetation and landscapes of the area.

Find out more here: Hunter Local Land Services project

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Walking Guide and Interpretive Signage

The Hunter Bird Observers Club and BirdLife Australia, with support from National Parks and Wildlife Services and many other partners have developed the Cessnock Birding Guide, and are about to install multiple interpretive signs at key bird routes. There are plenty of places to visit, and enjoy nature- and of course, look for local unique woodland birds.

Open the Birding Guide to Cessnock Woodlands


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Captive Breeding Program

The Department of Planning and Environment,  Taronga and Dubbo Zoo and BirdLife Australia have been supporting captive breeding programs for the Regent Honeyeater for many years. Birds are bred at the zoos and cared for until ready to release, the dedicated experts support releases in many suitable locations, including the Lower Hunter, to maintain the population of this critically endangered species, to ensure it does not go extinct. More information here:

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Mural Projects

The Department of Planning and Environment, Hunter Local Land Services have developed two woodland bird murals.

One is in Pokolbin Village, in partnership with Pokolbin Distillery, featuring the Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot and Pokolbin Mallee.

The other is at Merriwa Skate Park, with the Painted Honeyeater, Grey Mistletoe and Mount Dangar Wattle, in partnership with Upper Hunter Shire Council. These murals are supported by interpretive signage, and were installed with Zest Events.

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Promoting Woodland Birds at Schools

Hunter Region Landcare Network, with support from Hunter Local Land Services and the National Landcare Program, has been supporting many schools with a range of landcare information sessions and schools activities, including woodland birds and amazing woodland bird resources on their web page including woodland birds of the region, bird calls and other great info packs.

Find out more here:

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