Bringing back birds and rebuilding community in Bumbalong

Last Saturday, Council’s Bushfire Recovery Team returned to face-to-face community engagement with a Bringing Back Birds and Welcoming Wildlife session in Bumbalong, northwest of Bredbo on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.

Last Saturday, Council’s Bushfire Recovery Team returned to face-to-face community engagement with a Bringing Back Birds and Welcoming Wildlife session in Bumbalong, northwest of Bredbo on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.

The Bumbalong community were devastated by the 2020 Black Summer fires and it has been a long recovery through the COVID-19 pandemic as residents and landholders rebuild and reconnect. This event gave the people of Bumbalong the chance to get together to work on a plan to install nest boxes to encourage and support the return of birds and wildlife.

The small event for local residents was hosted by bird and wildlife enthusiast Alice McGlashan. Alice has spent years fine-tuning the ins and outs of nest boxes to assist fauna and birds to regain a foot-hold in an impacted environment like Bumbalong.

Alice has developed a valuable resource called nestboxtales.com that includes extensive species lists and nesting requirements. This collection is increasingly used by landholders and groups to rollout extra nest and refuge boxes at sites where tree hollows need time to develop, or where wildlife simply needs help to regain a foothold.

With COVID-19 restrictions finally being relaxed, Snowy Monaro Regional Council looks forward to our Bushfire Recovery Team getting back out into affected communities with an exciting calendar of events and initiatives.

Our Bushfire Recovery Team supports, promotes and hosts a wide range of community recovery initiatives and other community events throughout the year. These events provide immense benefit to the local community and local businesses and help the parts of our region still hurting from the bushfires to recover, reconnect, and rebuild.

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