Christmas Appeal 2020
Victoria’s vegetation loss continues at around an estimated 4,000 hectares each year. Even before the catastrophic loss of life from the bushfires, our most threatened species were in peril due, in part, to this continued loss of habitat and refuge.
It’s as simple as this – nowhere to live, nothing to eat, nowhere to raise young, nowhere to shelter. No way to survive.
The time for your help is now, to continue protecting and restoring our woodlands, grasslands, rainforests and wetlands, so that our threatened species get their homes back.
Please give knowing your support will go on to benefit future generations in your state.
For the critically endangered bird, the Plains-wanderer, 98% of its preferred habitat is estimated to be on private land. More than 90% of that habitat has already been lost. But Trust for Nature has shown what can be achieved and we have worked with many landholders, community groups and organisations over the last 25 years on Victoria’s Northern Plains to help protect 10,000 hectares of habitat through covenants or land purchase, including our 3,000 ha Wanderers Plain reserve.
We know you care about conserving the natural heritage that’s been entrusted to us. We can work towards saving many precious species found only in Victoria, even one of our state fauna emblems – the Helmeted Honeyeater. It’s estimated there are just 200 of these critically endangered birds left in the wild.
Trust for Nature began helping protect this bird back in the 1990s when we acquired two properties which have since been transferred back to the Crown as part of Yellingbo Conservation reserve. We have subsequently helped acquire additional properties and placed covenants over important, adjacent habitat with committed landholders.
The Lace Monitor is a charismatic, widespread apex predator which has been badly impacted by last summer’s bushfires. It was recently still considered common but is now endangered, with many local extinctions. Covenanted properties, which manage feral predators, help keep species like this surviving.
Every dollar you donate will make a difference – not just for the ‘today’ of this holiday season, but for future generations of Victorians’ tomorrows, and forever.
Photo of male Gang Gang Cockatoo by Sean Phillipson
Photo of Lace monitor by Sean Phillipson
Photo of Helmeted Honeyeater- Ben Cullen