Landscape Connectivity

"Healthy, functioning landscapes have strong connections between areas of habitat. A major challenge to biodiversity and ecological health across Australia is the loss of connectivity and the resulting fragmentation of natural habitats.

Wildlife corridors are a means of rebuilding connectivity by preserving and restoring links between patches of native plant and animal habitat, waterways and other features of the landscape.

Landscape connectivity is the capacity of the environment to allow natural ecological movement and functions in the landscape.

Australia’s National Wildlife Corridors Plan proposes a national network of wildlife corridors, large and small, that will cross public and private lands, urban areas and national parks.

The plan supports the reconnection of Australia’s natural landscape and builds on existing environmental stewardship and voluntary conservation programs such as Landcare. It’s designed to encourage collaborative efforts to repair habitats that have become fragmented."

A Department of the Environment publication, 'One place, many stories: our connected landscape', is available for download from their website as a PDF or Word document from:

http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/wildlife-corridors/publications/our-connected-landscape.html

The 27 page publication has information that puts our collective efforts into a landscape connectivity context, as well as beautiful photos, and interested case studies, including the migration route of the yellow-faced honeyeater, very relevant to our local environment. It would also be a great teaching resource.