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Ground cover habitats

Ground cover habitats

What are ground covers?

Ground covers, including herbs, are usually short plants with flexible stems growing from the base. Examples include lilies, mat rush, vines, orchids and native grasses such as kangaroo grass. Ground covers help hold the soil together. 

Ground cover as habitat

Ground covers provide shelter and nesting materials for invertebrates, small mammals, ground feeding birds, reptiles and frogs. They also produce seeds that provide food for many small birds. 

Red browed finches

Red browed finches live in flocks of 10 to 20 birds. They feed on seeds found on ground cover plants. Sometimes they can be seen perching on seeding grass heads such as that of kangaroo grass. When disturbed they will fly into dense undergrowth.

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Habitat is a special digital book that investigates the needs of living things through detailed text, interactive activities, videos and stunning images.

Explore the value of habitats such as trees, shrubs and ground cover plants and non-living habitats such as leaf litter, rocks, logs and water.

Find out how to create and restore habitats that will help animals survive and thrive.

This book supports Australian Curriculum biological sciences and living world.

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