Our Don’t Bag the Environment campaign was introduced to support local environmental campaigns that we are passionate about. Every time a customer in our stores refuses a paper bag, we donate 20 cents on their behalf.  We are happy to announce our partnership with the Tasmanian Land Conservancy for this year’s Don’t Bag the Environment campaign. TasLand is a not-for-profit, community ran organisation which focuses on protecting rare and endangered eco-systems by fundraising to buy and manage private land in Tasmania. TasLand purchases and protects (through the establishment of a conservation covenant) private land around the state and then re-sells the land to new owners with the same values. The funds from each sale goes back into the organisation to continue their efforts. Learn more about TasLand here.

Don't Bag the Environment - Tasmanian Land Conservancy

We have caught up with Jane from the TLC for a current update on their work:

The forty spotted pardalote (Pardalotus quadragintus) is one of Australia’s most-endangered birds, rarely seen outside Tasmania’s offshore islands and in a few scattered locations on the Tasmanian mainland. It’s tiny, adorable, and very hard to find, so it is particularly thrilling that we now have an opportunity to conserve vital forty spotted breeding habitat barely half an hour from Hobart.

Tinderbox Hills is one of the last areas of undisturbed nature so close to the capital. Only 67 hectares, this property is nonetheless home to 200 flora species, with a diversity that is both stunning and ecologically significant. The importance of this conservation jewel has only increased as surrounding suburbs spread.

Tinderbox Hills is a perfect example of a beautiful woodland on the doorstep of human habitation. The trees here are alive with birdsong; threatened species, at risk of disappearing forever, share this landscape with residents of Hobart, Kingston and the towns of the Tinderbox Peninsula. These key patches of land play a critical role in our conservation efforts.

The forty spotted pardalote is internationally and locally recognised as an endangered species. In 2010, around 1500 birds remained—a 60% decline since 1995—mostly on Tasmanian islands. The populations on Flinders Island and at Coningham and the Peter Murrell Reserve are now close to extinction.

Dr Sally Bryant is chair of the National Recovery Team for forty spots. She says, ‘Our very own forty-spotted pardalote is one of Australia’s most fascinating yet critically threatened woodland birds. If we don’t protect Tinderbox Hills now, this last intact breeding colony and dispersal corridor onto mainland Tasmania will be lost forever.’

As a reserve, Tinderbox Hills will not only provide irreplaceable nesting and feeding habitat for birds, including the critically endangered swift parrot (Lathamus discolor), but will be a sanctuary for eastern quolls (Dasyurus viverrinus), eastern barred bandicoots (Perameles gunnii), Tasmanian bettongs (Bettongia gaimardie) and long-nosed potoroos (Potorous tridactylus). It will be a safe haven for some of our rarest and most-threatened plants and animals.

The TLC protects nearly 14,000 hectares of Tasmania in reserves across the state. But just as importantly, we work with landholders on their own properties to make sure another 29,000 hectares of Tasmania is countryside where animals, plants and humans can thrive together.

We pride ourselves on working alongside landholders to achieve conservation. We are grateful to the current owners of Tinderbox Hills, who have managed this land for generations, for giving us the opportunity to buy and conserve this important property. – Jane R, Tasmanian Land Conservancy.

Don't bag the environment. Paddy Pallin Foundation.

Photograph: Tinderbox Hills – Tasmanian Land Conservancy

Paddy Pallin has a long history of protecting our natural environments and native plant and animal species through our Don’t Bag the Environment campaign, the Paddy Pallin Foundation and a variety of in-store initiatives.

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