Wildlife habitat is complex
Reconstructing habitat from scratch is challenging. To do it well one needs knowledge: knowledge of what the habitat should look like; knowledge of the types of habitats and habitat features that different animals need to survive; knowledge of the amount of habitat individual animals need; as well as knowledge on how to actually build and maintain the habitats – from eliminating weeds to successfully re-establishing all of the plant species that make up a natural system.
Although some revegetation programs plant many seedlings, it is rare that revegetated areas are monitored to see if they can provide all the resources needed for animals to call them home. This is where research comes in.
Using science for success
Bio·R aims to develop best-practice, science-driven habitat reconstruction. We monitor what we’ve planted to ensure it survives to create healthy, biodiverse ecosystems for the future.
We also study the diversity and abundance of species that use our reconstructed habitats, allowing us to develop our techniques to further benefit our native wildlife from plants to animals to fungi.
The knowledge that is needed to aid the reconstruction of new habitats (and restoration of existing habitats) fits into three broad areas:
- Research that improves our understanding of habitats and the habitat needs of both plants and animals, particularly species that are threatened or declining;
- Research that explores the amounts of habitat and arrangement of habitat patches across large regions needed to adequately protect biodiversity; and
- Research that improves technical aspects of reconstructing native habitats that become resilient and self-sustaining. Resilient habitats are those that can cope with climate change and recover from perturbations like droughts and fire. Self-sustaining habitats are those that have the capacity to replace themselves without further action.
Bio·R supports student research that furthers these aims, and we invest in research that aids the reconstruction of habitats.