Why is it important to conserve bushland?
There is now extensive recognition of what conservationists have known for years - we have cleared far too much land in South Australia and lost valuable native plant and animal communities in numerous regions.
The predictable competition between wildlife and agriculture has seen wildlife gradually reject. Lots of natural wetlands were exhausted before we understood their vital significance to our ecology.
Our most dry deserts, thought to be environmental wastelands, have confirmed to carry on the last populations of some extremely tough plants and animals not previously recorded.
And much of our remaining native vegetation occurs as little, spotted remnants, often on shallow, rocky and less-productive soils. As corridors of bushland have been episodic, small birds, reptiles, animals and insects have been lonely and their numbers fallen, often all the way to extinction.
Also, The Nature Foundation helps:
- Fund reviews that identify and find out the distribution of some of our rarest plants and research so we can better understand their ecology
- Protect the spread of Dieback through Kangaroo Island's wilderness areas
- Protect grasslands that contain the only populations of our most threatened reptile - the Pigmy Blue Tongue Lizard
- Made the national park system big, working with Governments to make the most of financial, scientific and volunteer resources
- Assist bird care groups protect natural hollows in old development trees so birds and insects can thrive
- Assist many local ecology projects, like the community biodiversity