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Removing Trees for Development

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 our Environment

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:

  • provide cooler, greener, more comfortable pathways for walking and cycling
  • improve air quality
  • reduce and clean storm water runoff
  • improve property values
  • add to the identity of our suburbs and the subtropical character of the city.


Creating homes for wildlife

The Importance of Trees for Wildlife

Trees provide a wide range of vital functions for our birds and animals.

  • Shelter in the canopies and hollows,
  • Food– fruit, nuts, leaves, bark and even sap
  • Safe, sheltered sites for reproduction
  • Excellent vantage points from which to hunt and capture prey

Tree Hollows Support Wildlife

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.

Practical Solutions for Replacing Hollows

Even if you need to remove an unstable tree there are practical ways to retain or recreate a hollow on your property.

 Possum in tree Brisbane


Create a Fauna Habitat:

  • Leave hollow fallen branches in situ where practical as these will become valuable habitat for small mammals and lizards. To help the log provide more safety and blend into the environment, plant long grasses around them.
  • Consult with a qualified Arborist to check whether your tree can be preserved by reducing dangerous branches to a safe length. The decaying tree will attract insects which will attract birds. The tree will also be a valuable visual beacon for birds.
  • Securely attach nest boxes to healthy trees or poles fitted with predator baffles. This will not only provide a replacement hollow and safe shelter that will benefit native bird species but it will also give you an excellent opportunity to monitor and enjoy the wildlife in your garden.  Different nest box designs will suit species and if you wish to attract a certain species of bird, make sure you research their favoured features.
  • For the ultimate solution, Qualified Arborists can create artificial hollows within live trees. These generate better natural micro climate conditions, provide enhanced camouflage for animals and are a more permanent result than nest boxes.


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.

Habitat Creation Service Brisbane

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