The eastern bristlebird is listed as critically endangered.
The eastern bristlebird is listed as critically endangered. David Charley, Wildsearch Environmental Services

Action to save endangered bird

ONE of Australia's rarest birds, the eastern bristlebird, could be extinct within the next 15 years unless something is urgently done.

That's why the Northern Rivers Catchment Management Authority has teamed up with local landholders to restore important habitat in the Findon, Brady's Creek and Brindle Creek areas.

These small, endangered birds are experts at hiding.

With their dull, brownish colour, they flit through low, dense vegetation and can be very hard to spot.

Usually the eastern bristlebird only raises one fledgling each year, but interference from humans can cause them to abandon their chicks and eggs.

There are many other reasons for the decline in this species, including habitat loss, grazing, cats, foxes and weed invasion.

NRCMA project officer John Nagle said the current project, with funding from the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife, sought to restore 15 hectares of eastern bristlebird habitat on private land.

"Habitat management plans - including fire management considerations - were developed for four key sites and participating landholders," he said.

"A recovery team, with representatives from the Office of Environment and Heritage, a fauna expert and the NRCMA, will support the project.

"Collaboration with local Aboriginal organisations and custodians has been undertaken."

Mr Nagle said the project would implement weed control through herbicide treatment methods in priority areas identified in the eastern bristlebird business plan and the property-based management plans.

"Landholders will receive skills and undertake follow-up and maintenance actions in subsequent years," he said.