The Land for Wildlife scheme (LFW) was established in Tasmania in 1998. Participation in this conservation scheme is voluntary, free, and non-binding. The LFW scheme aims to encourage, support and recognise landowners who are taking a positive approach to the integration of property land management with nature conservation on private land.
A large proportion of Tasmania's wildlife species and habitat types which are poorly reserved on public land occur on privately owned land. Protecting a diverse range of habitats today will assist in reducing the risk of species becoming threatened in the future. Properties registered with the LFW scheme can make a valuable contribution to protecting our wildlife species and habitats.
The LFW scheme is generally interested in areas that are greater than two hectares in size.
As at July 2018, there were around 991 LFW agreements in Tasmania covering 58,456 hectares.
Benefits of membership to the LFW scheme include:
- On-site assessment to provide information and advice on habitats and species;
- Practical advice and technical notes on land management;
- A book which provides information on native fauna and their habitats;
- A regular
- A durable, attractive sign to indicate your membership in the scheme.
Eagle eyed Wedge-tailed eagle
Juvenile wedge-tailed eagle showing the wedge-shaped tail
Photo: W.E. Brown, Lucaston, TAS
Wedge-tailed eagles are Australia’s largest raptor, or bird of prey, but it is the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle species Aquila audax fleayi which is the largest of all in Australia, with a wing span that can reach 2.3 m. As is typical for raptors - females are markedly larger and heavier than males.
Wedge-tailed eagle nest
Phote: Iona Mitchell
They have specific nesting requirements, needing large trees on sheltered slopes in forested areas. The nest may be used repeatedly and added to each year, some nests are up to 2.5 m in width.
They pair for life and their courting never really ceases, though it intensifies in early spring when the pair will soar high in the sky in a circular flight path. Wedge-tailed eagles use the updrafts of thermals or hillslopes to rise effortlessly, rarely needing to flap their huge wings. They soar very high in great circles up to 2 km in the sky. Pairs often engage in aerobatic displays to advertise their territory to competitors.
Even though wedge-tailed eagles are protected by law, they still face pressure from loss of habitat due to land clearing, tree felling, and vandalism. Other threats to their survival include collisions with power or fence lines, and wind turbines, electrocution, and some have been found shot. More information about these magnificent birds can be found at www.threatenedspecieslink.tas.gov.au/Pages/Wedge-tailed-Eagle.aspx.
In Tasmania wedge-tailed eagles are listed as endangered. Information gathered primarily in the 80s and 90s indicated that there could be less than 1,000 wedge-tailed eagles in Tasmania, and declining. However, there is no information on current numbers, and whether this decline has continued. The Bookend Trust has created an initiative called Nature Trackers which seeks to educate and provide students and the community with inspiration to learn more about the natural environment by contributing to citizen science projects to monitor threatened species. Where? Where? Wedgie! is the first initiative of Nature Trackers with the aim of updating our information on wedge-tailed eagle numbers and conservation needs. More information about this project and to follow progress can be found on the web site www.naturetrackers.com.au
Tall dead trees are favoured perch sites ...
Photo: Iona Mitchell
From which to swoop from
Photo: Iona Mitchell
- Iona Mitchell and Clare Hawkins
To learn more about these important and beautiful birds, read the full version of this article in the June 2018 edition of The Running Postman newsletter:
Running Postman Newsletter No. 25 June 2018 (2Mb)
The Running Postman
Photo by Peter Tonelli
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How to apply
If you would like more information about LFW, please complete and return the Expression of Interest form. Land for Wildlife Expression of Interest