Malleefowl habitat to be regenerated on Eyre Peninsula

Efforts to re-introduce the native drooping sheoak grassy woodland on Eyre Peninsula could help restore habitat for the vulnerable malleefowl.

The reestablishment of native vegetation on cropping properties could provide viable habitat and food for the vulnerable malleefowl species while also ensuring soils are sustained and the land remains productive.

Across three Elliston properties, 470 kilograms of seed has been sown over 940 kilometres as part of the federal government's 20 Million Trees by 2020 initiative, designed to support the endangered species.

Landcare Australia is leading the program and 20 Million Trees national program manager James Walsh said seeding began last year and 1.2 million plants had germinated.

"We will lose some plants naturally but it's been a really good season," he said.

"The property owners see the value of having native plants on their property to protect from wind and other elements.

"Lots of locals have contributed, including Eyre Native Seeds and the many people who collected local seeds."

Mr Walsh said WildEyre and the Eyre Peninsula Natural Resources Management board had also been a great help, making their direct seeding unit available for the project.

Drooping sheoak grassy woodland once covered vast areas of Eyre Peninsula before the trees were cleared for firewood and stock feed by early white settlers.

The vulnerable species used the sheoak for foraging and leaf litter before over grazing prevented natural regeneration of the tree in the region.