Melbourne's urban forest plays an important role in supporting biodiversity in our city. They provide vital sites for shelter, nesting and foraging for many species of insects, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. However, some of the city’s trees have characteristics that make them more valuable than others as habitat for wildlife.

Citizen Foresters are invited to help us identify habitat trees in the city’s streets and parks. Habitat tree assessments will include a visual survey of each tree’s physical characteristics

Understanding which trees provide exceptional habitat will inform management practices for the city’s trees to support biodiversity, which provides many essential services such as clean air, clean water and healthy soil.

How does the activity work?

Citizen Foresters are invited to participate in a half day assessment, which will include a preliminary training session, followed by a walk around the gardens to assess the habitat value individual trees.

All ages welcome and no previous experience or knowledge is required.

Date: Friday 17th June, 2016

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: Fitzroy Gardens, meet at the corner of Landsdowne Street and Albert Street.

How can you get involved?

This activity is currently closed. For more information about this activity, contact the team at

Project updates

Thanks to everyone who came out to help us identify habitat trees in Fitzroy Gardens! It was a rainy day but we still had about 30 enthusiastic Citizen Foresters who helped us to test the method for identifying trees with high habitat value.

The results have been analysed to create a map showing the trees that were found to have high habitat value.

In addition to collecting data, the Citizen Foresters provided feedback about the data collection method. This input will be used to refine the approach before habitat Tree Identification is carried out more broadly across the City of Melbourne.