Woodland Birds School Program Feature – Mistletoe: Marvellous yet often misunderstood!

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Although it is often considered the bane of gardeners, arborists and farmers, the pendulous clumps of mistletoe provide an extremely important resource for all manner of wildlife.

Mistletoe boosts wildlife numbers in agricultural landscapes, especially insect-eating birds due to the accumulation of moist, nutrient-rich leaf litter beneath host trees.

Provides safe places to nest – 245 Australian bird species have been recorded nesting in mistletoe clumps.

None of the birds which use mistletoe are more threatened than Critically Endangered Regent Honeyeaters which rely on mistletoe nectar to sustain themselves during poor Eucalypt flowering seasons.

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