Strathpine’s New Milestone: Launching the 5th Wildlife Fodder Plantation

Strathpine is set to welcome a fifth wildlife fodder plantation in Moreton Bay to bolster food resources for rehabilitated animals.

The project underscores a growing commitment to wildlife care and environmental conservation, providing a crucial lifeline for various species, including those with special dietary needs.

Following appeals from wildlife care groups for dependable and safe fodder, the City of Moreton Bay responded by establishing plantations at strategic locations. These sites, including operational ones at CREEC Burpengary and Madeline Dr, Morayfield, and those maturing in Joyner and Warner, underscore a regional strategy to enhance accessibility for carers and address the needs of a broad spectrum of wildlife groups.

Strathpine’s proposed site is currently in the stages of investigation and planning, symbolising a proactive approach to extending this network. 

This new addition is expected to further bolster the resources available for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife, ensuring that these vulnerable groups receive the support they need for rehabilitation.

Fodder Plantation
Photo Credit: City of Moreton Bay

The plantations across Moreton Bay collectively boast 1,382 varied fodder trees and plants, encompassing 19 eucalyptus species, 11 flowering, and 12 fruiting varieties. This diversity caters to the dietary needs of different wildlife. It supports a wide array of wildlife carer organisations, including those specialising in caring for koalas, bats, birds, possums, and gliders.

To maximise the benefits of these plantations, the Council organises annual harvesting workshops. These sessions are crucial for demonstrating proper harvest techniques to wildlife carers, ensuring that the plantations can be sustainably managed and continue to serve as a vital resource for wildlife rehabilitation efforts.

The success of these plantations hinges on the collaboration between the Council and wildlife carer organisations. Access to the plantations is regulated, requiring groups to seek Council approval, and ensuring the safety and efficiency of fodder distribution to the various wildlife care groups throughout Moreton Bay.

Published 25-February-2024