Donna Belder

Project Researcher
The Australian National University

Donna Belder's PhD project is investigating bird breeding success and persistence in restoration plantings on farms in the south-west slopes region of NSW. The primary aim is to assess whether restoration plantings in a fragmented agricultural landscape are capable of supporting resident bird populations. The study involves comparing breeding activity, nesting success, habitat-use and individual site fidelity of woodland birds in plantings and remnant woodland patches, and exploring the effects of different planting characteristics on these variables. The outcomes of this research will inform future management decisions regarding the implementation of ecologically sound restoration projects.