WHILE the link between wetlands and waterbirds is obvious, the role environmental water plays in supporting woodland birds and other terrestrial species along the Murray River is often not as well understood.
Ecologist Andrew Greenfield, from the Mallee Catchment Management Authority, said woodland bird surveys undertaken at the Hattah Lakes since 2013 have showed that the diversity and number of woodland birds is substantially higher in areas that had received environmental water compared with areas that had not.
“Honeyeaters, woodswallows and parrots have all been observed in increasing numbers in and around areas that have received environmental water,” Mr Greenfield said.
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