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Trees to plant to help local wildlife

Nov 26, 2020

Did you know that half of the Gold Coasts native vegetation is located on private property?

Our trees, shrubs and plants all play a vital role in sustaining the Gold Coasts native wildlife. Learn more about the best trees to plant to help local wildlife below.

 

Koalas

Give me a home among the gum trees with lots of green leaves…

Koala populations can be found throughout the Gold Coast. Their preference to feeding trees can differ depending on your location and the species of eucalypt that is native to that local area. If you have a property large enough to accommodate a kola feed tree and are located within a koala habitat, we recommend planting the following;

  • Tallowwoods
  • Swamp Mahoganys
  • Forest Red Gums
  • Grey Gums

You can make it easier for Koalas to access feeding trees by having open rail type fencing and securing pets at night.

 

Small Mammals & Birds

Did you know…

It takes a minimum of 100 YEARS for tree hollows, big enough for small mammals, to form naturally.

At least 127 South East Queensland animals rely of tree hollows for nesting and shelter.

Natural hollows formed in trees provide homes for native birds, endangered squirrel gliders, sugar gliders, possums and even native bees. All these animals play a crucial part in our eco system. Ongoing development continues to reduce the number of mature trees with natural hollows. The rental market is drying up. But here’s how you can help add some valuable realestate to your trees.

Ask a Frontier Tree Services Arborist about creating artificial hollows. Arborists can create hollows within trees, inviting local wildlife to take up residence in your tree.  If artificial hollows aren’t suitable you can add nesting boxes. Frontier Tree services can supply suitable nesting boxes and install them during your next tree pruning booking.

 

Native Bees

Did you know Queensland is the home to the worlds smallest bee? It measures a tiny 1.8mm.

We need bees for pollination to help produce fruits and vegetables. They also play a crucial role in sustaining our wild plants and eco system through pollination.

Some solitary native bees make their homes underground in small tunnels. Eusocial bees like the tiny stingless black  bees, reply on tree hollows to create their hives.

Bees need pollen and lots of it. In addition to lots of flowers, these trees can help provide homes and great food sources for our native bees.

Tuckeroo, Banksia, Acacia, Lilly Pillie, Bottle brush, Ash trees, Grevilleas, Macadamias and a wide range of Eucalypts / gum trees.

Be warned. African Tulip Trees have pretty flowers, but are actually toxic to small stingless native bees. African Tulip trees are listed as a state bio-hazard and can be removed without council assessment.

If you’d like advice on which native trees are best suited to your property ask our Frontier Tree Services Arborist during your next quote appointment.

 

For more information on best trees to plant to help local wildlife, creating bio-diverse backyards check out these fantastic resources available from the Gold Coast City Council.

https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/backyard-biodiversity-our-nature-koalas.pdf

https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/backyard-biodiversity-resources-53750.html

https://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/documents/bf/backyard-biodiversity-our-nature-native-bees.pdf

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