Home to tens of thousands of native and exotic plant and tree species, the natural spaces within our sites provide not only a place to find peace, but a safe and prosperous habitat for many creatures, big and small.
A hidden world
Perhaps you’ve seen a duck family waddling down a path or wading through our many water features, but there is a much larger ecosystem of animals that you may not have seen or heard of. From birds to bees, to lizards and ladybugs, there is a whole world of animals that call our natural spaces home.
‘What people don’t often realise is that our Arborist team isn’t only responsible for tree care,’ says Operations Leader, Chris Hewitt. ‘We also take great care and pride in preserving the unique ecosystems we have here at Springvale, and across our many other sites.’
It is pockets of wildlife like this, thoughtfully managed and tended to by our dedicated teams, that help native species thrive in suburban areas.
Tucked away in areas of high vegetation and low visitation, tree hollows—whether natural or man-made—provide a haven for birds, bats, possums, lizards, and even spiders and ants. The tiny caverns are formed from dead trees that our Arborist team have hollowed or from mature trees that naturally had hollows form over time. As naturally formed tree hollows can take 100 years or more to develop, our teams often provide a helping hand.
‘Over the last ten years, we have carved at least twelve tree hollows to assist in habitat creation,’ shares Chris. ‘The hollows are used by several species throughout the year and in one tree you may find cockatoos, lorikeets, galahs and ducks all sharing the same hollow!’
Next time you’re sitting at Café Vita, keep an eye out for this hollow, which is favoured by our friendly galahs for shade or nesting.