An amazing birthday present for the Helmeted Honeyeater

8 December 2017

Port Phillip & Westernport CMA, Trust For Nature and the Yarra4Life Coordination Committee were excited to give the Helmeted Honeyeater a very special birthday present today – 2.3 hectares of new land called Burrungma Biik.

The land, which will become part of Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve, was purchased thanks to funds allocated by the Australian Government (through the National Landcare Program), the Victorian Government and Trust for Nature and  coordinated by the Port Phillip & Westernport CMA through the Yarra4Life program.

The new land will help to expand the Helmeted Honeyeater’s habitat. The Helmeted Honeyeater is Victoria’s bird emblem and is listed as threatened under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee (FFG) Act.

Victorian Deputy Premier, the Hon. James Merlino, made the announcement at a special event celebrating two significant anniversaries for the Helmeted Honeyeater – 150 years since ornithologist John Gould described the bird as a species, and 50 years of the Yellingbo Conservation Reserve. The Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater commemorated these milestones by launching a book called A Reserve for a Bird and a mural.

The name Burrungma Biik by the region’s Traditional Owners, the Wurundjeri people, and means “misty lands”.

Parks Victoria will manage the land, which is also habitat for other significant species, including the critically endangered Leadbeater’s Possum.

Restoration and revegatation works, which are funded by the National Landcare Program, are set to begin in Autumn 2018.

Pictured: Kacie Melfi and Corinne Mays from PPWCMA present the Friends of the Helmeted Honeyeater with a plaque commemorating the the purchase of Burrungma Biik and the Helmeted Honeyeater’s 150th birthday.