Our very proactive local authority, the City of Mandurah, has a scheme whereby rural blocks can be funded to revegetate with indigenous species. We were recipients of a grant a couple of years ago, and were funded to fence off a small area (to protect it from rabbits) and restock it with local plants. This year they rang me and invited me to re apply. The ladies from the environmental department came out to visit and asked for my plans. This time I have asked for a small grant ($200) to purchase plants, plant guards, stakes and fertiliser to create a 'corridor' for small birds to travel from one side of the block to the other. I will have to choose dense prickly shrubs and space them fairly closely for this to work. We already have a line of trees across the block, but will need to thicken it up for the small birds to be safe. I notice the brilliant blue flash of wrens in mating plumage darting in and out of the lavender bushes around the tank near the machinery shed, and also in and out of the piles of prunings awaiting burning. I must re create this density with local plants across the block to make it work. The environmental ladies seemed sympathetic, and were happy to see the amount of replanting we have already done. The fenced area showed sufficient growth to encourage them that I was serious and would look after the plants. (I lost about 30% of my plants, but the surviving ones have done really well. I had no idea that the kangaroo paws would be so tough!) Fingers crossed that they accept my proposal.