The Australian Museum joined the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and Sydney University for the launch of the citizen science project called Hollows as Homes.

In urban and agricultural areas large, hollow-bearing trees are in decline, but many species of animal rely on tree hollows. In NSW, hollow-dependent species include at least 46 mammals, 81 birds, 31 reptiles and 16 frogs. Of these, 40 species are listed as threatened with extinction. This is why the ‘loss of hollow-bearing trees’ has been listed as a Key Threatening Process.

The Hollows as Homes project continues to build a comprehensive picture of the hollow resources available for native wildlife across Sydney.

Data generated from Hollows as Homes aims to inform Council plans for retaining important habitat trees, planting future habitat trees and supplementing missing habitat. Thirty local Councils are on board and will encourage their local communities to take part. Training will be available for participants through workshops and the website.

So, if you intercept any tweets, pics or posts about this project, please share them widely using the hashtag #hollowsashomes

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This project works with the community and land managers to assess tree hollow availability, as hollows are an important but limited resource for wildlife in urban and agricultural areas.

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