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The small light-brown plains-wanderer might look unremarkable, but it is so unique it is placed in an entire family of its own. It has earned the nickname, the 'Goldilocks bird' because conditions need to be just right for it to survive. Those conditions are of course a very specific type of grazing habitat found in remote areas of south-western NSW and across land also prized for its agricultural use. The good news is, it might not be one of Australia’s rarest bird species for long if landholders in the state’s Riverina have anything to do with it. Graziers with productive land in the region have set aside areas of their properties ...
Join the National Drought Network , an information sharing opportunity hosted by the Australian, state and territory governments, that provides stakeholders with updates on drought related information on drought policy, programs and conditions. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday 26 March 2:00 – 3:30pm AEDT . If you are interested in joining, please email droughtpolicy@aff.gov.au The network is open to anyone who wishes to join. Content is suited to those from farming organisations, those who work in or with the agricultural industry and those within farming communities – including non-for-profit organisations, charities, finance sector, unions ...
The 2024 New South Wales Tree Conference is a partnership with Greening Bathurst, Central Tablelands Local Land Services and the Central Tablelands Regional Landcare Network. It will focus on the integration of forestry into agricultural systems as a means to enhance natural capital. Our theme for this year, "Natural Capital: Trees as an Alternative Crop," underscores the vital role of agroforestry in the future of sustainable farming practices. This conference is designed to serve as a gathering for farmers, landholders, and forestry industry stakeholders to provide a comprehensive examination of the cultivation ...
It's often quipped, with studies to back it, that being in nature has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. We know too, that landholders across NSW, be they primary producers, hobby farmers or lifestyle property owners, say they feel a deep connection with the land they manage. In fact, research for NSW Local Land Services in 2021 found "achieving pleasure, enjoyment or happiness" from the land was a top motivator for supporting land management practices to improve land quality. (Landholder benchmarking research 2021: Prepared for NSW Local Land Services August 2021, Ipsos) And, almost half of that study’s participants said a "healthy outdoor ...
Wow! What a year it has been for Springfield Lakes Nature Care Inc . in Springfield Lakes, Queensland. Our small but friendly Landcare group & Bushcare group members, together with volunteers from all over Brisbane/ Ipswich and neighbouring Shires of Logan, Redlands & Ipswich helped plant 2000 trees in a year. Originally, the work was to be done over a two-year period, but we were locked out of the Bushcare site during all of 2022 whilst Urban Utilities upgraded a large sewer trunk pipe that ran through the riparian corridor. Finally work began in April 2023 and our final planting occurred on 18 November just in time for the Summer Wet Season. ...
This week saw the launch of WeedScan - Australia’s first AI weed identification, reporting and management app! It's free & easy to use – simply snap a photo of a suspected weed & upload to identify and report ...download WeedScan from the App Store or Google Play and get started today. Funded by the Australian Government's National Landcare Program and developed by the Centre for Invasive Species Solutions , CSIRO , NSW DPI , the Atlas of Living Australia and the South Australian , Queensland and Victorian Governments : truly a team effort. WeedScan is powered by a CSIRO AI identification ...
The Australian Land Conservation Alliance was on the ground in Dubai to attend the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28). ALCA's Policy Lead, Michael Cornish, provided daily updates from the world’s biggest conversation on climate change. 7 December 2023 An estimated 70,000 people are here for the conference, making it the biggest global climate change convention and negotiation yet. After landing at 5:22am and getting checked in at my hotel, I headed out to the World Climate Summit , a side-event being held during today’s ‘rest day’ in the COP28 schedule. Self-styled ‘The Investment COP’, the World Climate Summit ...
Hello Landcare community! I'm excited to share my new journey with Landcare as the Regional Landcare Coordinator for Central Tablelands. I am transitioning from my role at Local Land Services. With a Masters in Equine Science, my approach to landcare is deeply rooted in the intricate balance between nature and science. My mission is to bridge local communities with environmental conservation, fostering a shared responsibility for our beautiful landscapes. When not working, I'm often found riding my horses, bushwalking, or wild swimming. I can wait to learn more and feel like I am part of solution to helping restore our planet...as they say "Act Local, Think ...
Enhancing your dam to encourage and support native wildlife might seem daunting, but sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big difference. At a dam enhancement field day, held on a NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust conservation agreement property in the western Sydney suburb of Mulgoa, we asked our guest experts Australian Museum Curator Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Biology, Dr Jodi Rowley, and Murray Wildlife ecologist Dr Matt Herring, the best ways to improve and manage natural water assets. The good news is most Australian wildlife loves a farm dam. Frogs appreciate a diversity of habitats with different ...

Landcarer Sharer Series

Join on the Landcarer site across various communities of interest to see a range of science background, how to guides, videos and webinars from the current Bob Hawke Landcare award winner- Bruce Maynard. Topics from across Australia including: No Kill Cropping, Stress Free Stockmanship, Self Herding, Native Fodder Shrubs, Whole Farm Planning, Weed Eating, Pyric Grazing, Passive Chemical Exposures, Agroforestry, Carbon sequestration and more..........
When Newcastle-based artist Wayde Clarke looks at a blank canvas, he’s seeing an opportunity to bring people together. As a Wiradjuri/Birpai man living on Awabakal land, the stories his paintings tell and the many ways they can be interpreted are what brings meaning to his art. "A lot of my works are about joy and coming together. The most important part is keeping people together," he says. "I add lots of layers because life is layered and complex and when you come back to it you see something new." His artwork for the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust pulls together these complex layers of cultural knowledge and experience from the coast, across ...
Thomas and Barbara Evision have travelled the world, but they always knew they would return to Australia to settle in the Snowy Monaro region of NSW. Their search for land with the potential for biodiversity conservation and habitat protection led them to Beaureden, a property near the tiny Snowy Mountains town of Moonbah. In 2021 they submitted an expression of interest in the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands conservation tender and are one of 8 families in the region to successfully bid for a conservation agreement. “We wanted to ensure there would be funding for the protection of what’s here once our children, ...
Restoring native bushland to its pre-disturbance state is complicated. When that disturbance comes after decades of mining on threatened wetland and bushland, it’s fair to say environmental restoration requires a little extra planning. Since 2013 Lake Macquarie Council has been actively working to regenerate a 40.9 hectare site at Jewells after sand mining operations closed in the late 1970s leaving behind a vastly changed landscape. The success of its efforts, possible under a Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT), has restored 27 species, 10 that were not present before regeneration efforts. ...
The birdlife on the conservation agreement site of South Coast couple Sarah and Michael Guppy is very important to them. For years they have been banding and monitoring the bird community on their property and expanding on work started by Sarah’s father in 1975. Sarah’s father, Stephen Marchant was an avid amateur ornithologist and when he bought the property of Ballara, near Moruya, he began a study on the breeding biology of the resident bird population that lasted almost 10 years. The couple now live on the 20-hectare property, and starting in 2007, continued the research Stephen started. Between August and February they spend hours each day walking ...
If embracing diversity is important to your organisation, working out ways to accommodate neurodiversity in your not-for-profit board should be on your agenda. As progressive organisations accept neurological diversity as a feature and not a flaw of human variation, the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) is aiming to help crack open assumptions about people who think differently, while showing you how knowledge of neurodiversity can help you lead better. Neurodiversity spans the spectrum of autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, and Tourette syndrome, to name a few diagnoses. As well as ...
New CSIRO handbook to guide Australian businesses towards nature positive future. The Natural Capital Handbook delivers practical step-by-step guidelines on how to measure and incorporate natural assets such as clean air, water, soil and living things into operations. https://www.csiro.au/en/news/All/News/2023/September/New-CSIRO-handbook-to-guide-Australian-businesses-towards-nature-positive-future The book is available to download. # #LandManagement #FarmingAgriculture
The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) has launched a series of online learning modules to guide landholders in how they can protect native habitat. The e-learning modules are free and are designed to empower and build confidence in conservation management on private land. The BCT’s Senior Ecologist, Joel Stibbard, said: “Our online education course is a one-of-a-kind resource that will help private landholders protect native habitat. It provides best practice guidance across the many elements of conservation land management. This includes conservation grazing, vegetation restoration, hydrology, pests, weeds and fire management. ...
The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) will soon be taking expressions of interest (EOIs) for our new Upper Hunter conservation tender . Through the Upper Hunter conservation tender, eligible landholders are given the opportunity to set a price to protect and manage important native vegetation on their land. If successful, landholders will receive annual payments to implement an agreed conservation management plan and enter into an in-perpetuity agreement with the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust. Landholders in the Upper Hunter Shire are invited to learn more about earning annual payments to protect remnant ...
Regenerative Agriculture Conference 2023 6-8 September, Margaret River WA The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has partnered with DPIRD to deliver an exciting two-day conference held at the Margaret River HEART, on 6 & 7 September followed by a day of field trips. This convergence will feature international, national and local keynote speakers addressing the most promising farming approaches for producing healthy food, building soil carbon, rehydrating landscapes, increasing biodiversity and gaining resilience to climate change. Keynote speakers include renowned farmers and agronomists who are experts in their fields including Terry McCosker, ...
With its r ich black basalt soil and extensive groundwater resources , the Liverpool Plains on Gamilaroi Country in n orth - w est NSW is home to some of the most productive agricultural land in Australia and some of the most vulnerable ecological communities . Fernleigh , owned by Malcolm Coleman , is 116 5 hectares of productive grazing land and critically endangered box gum woodland at the foothills of Coolah Tops where the Liverpool Plains opens out . When the family bought the property two years ago it came with a n established NSW Biodiversity ...