Enhancing Ross’s Ecosystem: Revegetation and the Continued Species Hotel Initiative

Tasmania Island Ark is revitalising thousands of hectares of land to protect Australia’s critically endangered animals and support local farming communities. Greening Australia is leading revegetation efforts along the Macquarie River in Ross, to help severe habitat loss in the Tasmanian Midlands, where extensive land clearing for agriculture has left fragmented patches of vegetation vulnerable to further degradation and climate change. This has led to declining wildlife populations and the risk of losing iconic species like the eastern barred bandicoot and Tasmanian devil.

A key part of this initiative is the Species Hotel Sculpture Walk on the banks of the Macquarie River in Ross. These structures, designed and built by University of Tasmania (UTAS) Architecture and Design students, provide critical habitats for small wildlife. The Gothic Treehouse, for example, accommodates small birds, micro bats, and even has a cavity for a Tasmanian devil den.

Greening Australia thrives on scientific support from UTAS and strong community involvement, including local farmers, artists, schools, businesses, and the Aboriginal community. This collaborative effort enhances biodiversity and supports local economies by creating jobs, engaging contractors, and boosting tourism. Over 500 volunteers have contributed to the work, which involves introducing native plants, rocks, and logs to create a supportive microclimate for diverse flora and fauna.

As wildlife corridors are re-established in Ross and the surrounding Midlands, the area will become a thriving ecosystem, providing a safe haven for Tasmania’s unique species.