Hinterland Bush Links is a visionary project to protect the plants and animals of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. We acknowledge the traditional owners of this country who have been custodians of the natural environment for thousands of years.
The Hinterland is something rare in the modern world, a flourishing natural landscape, a place where people want to settle, to live productive, healthy lives. In part this is because the Hinterland is beautiful, a patchwork of hills and valleys, rainforest, eucalypts, paddocks and villages. In part it is because nature is still abundant, wildlife still thrives.
The Hinterland is recognised nationally as a ‘hotspot’ for its exceptional diversity of wildlife. This can be seen every day. King Parrots, glowing red-orange, still fly through the streets and gardens of our towns; platypus still swim in the streams, and deeper in the forests live threatened plants and animals, surviving in habitats that are now rare elsewhere.
However, all is not well for our Hinterland wildlife. Much of the bush has been cleared. Noxious invasive weeds and feral animals have also put pressure on the natural world. We know that many native plants and animals are declining.
In response to this, Barung Landcare has launched Hinterland Bush Links. Scientific work world-wide has shown that wildlife has a much better chance of survival if habitat is connected rather than isolated. The vision for Hinterland Bush Links is to protect and maintain existing bush blocks and to re-connect them with wildlife corridors. A vital ingredient in this is the bush on private lands.
Over the years there have been many, wonderful collaborations between landholders and organisations in the Hinterland to protect wildlife habitat. The next important stage is to draw on this collective effort to re-connect the wider landscape. This will guarantee a future for our wildlife.
We hope you can help.