Providing glider food and habitat
With the exception of Greater Gliders, which feed predominantly on leaves, most species of glider have a diverse diet. Typical food sources include insects, sap, honeydew (a sugary coating on leaves secreted by small insects), manna (sugary coatings left on leaves by leaf transpiration), and the blossoms, pollen and nectar of flowering plants and trees. Their diet varies from season to season as the availability of different food sources change.
As patches of habitat have become smaller, the number of trees has also reduced leaving less food for gliders and more competition for homes. We assist by planting nectar-rich species of wattles and eucalypts in and adjacent to remaining forest and woodland. This is particularly important in areas where shrubs have been lost because of fire or overgrazing, in areas which have less varieties of flowering plants and trees to select from, or where the number of flowering species has been reduced by past clearing.
You can get involved by applying for funding to revegetate land through our Landholder Grants Program, planting native trees on your property or collecting and germinating seeds from preferred local feed species. Your Local Land Services office can suggest suitable species for your district, as well as seed collection activities in your area.