Like the rest of the world, the population of Australia is rising; in 2017 according to the United Nations, it currently sits at 24,615, 000 people with 89.3% of Australian people living in an urban area. With an increasing population, comes a growing demand for residential homes and therefore more building and development is required to accommodate this. It follows that with more development that our native wildlife is losing their natural habitats and being forced further afield for shelter and food.
The importance of trees for the environment is well documented and planners, developers and councils are required to keep protected trees and areas safe from unnecessary destruction. According to Brisbane City Council trees are beneficial as they:
Trees provide a wide range of vital functions for our birds and animals.
With approximately 300 + species of wildlife using tree hollows throughout Australia for shelter, nesting sites and safety, it is vitally important to retain mature trees which can provide these homes. Species using hollows include terrestrial mammals; micro-bats; birds; reptiles; frogs; fish and a range of invertebrates. Unfortunately for our wildlife, hollows can take over 120- 150 years to form and they are usually an indicator that the tree is in decline and can quickly become destabilised and unsafe. In these circumstances, it is often advised that for the safety of people and property the tree should be removed and therefore unfortunately removing an ideal home for the local wildlife.
Even if you need to remove an unstable tree there are practical ways to retain or recreate a hollow on your property.
There are many ways to create a fantastic natural habitat for wildlife in urban gardens. Calling in experts like Brisbane based tree care company Heritage Tree Care will provide you with expert advice, practical solutions while saving time and money.
If you would like to talk to a tree care company who provide a quality and professional tree service, who understand the benefits of proper tree maintenance and have the best interests of the customer and the environment at heart, call the Heritage Tree Care experts on 0737155444 for a free no obligation quote. Our qualified Arborists will be delighted to advise you on the best course of action for your trees. We cover Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Redlands, Toowoomba and Gold Coast area in Queensland, Australia