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Bats on the Billabong

Over 70 people attended Holbrook Landcare’s ‘Bats on the Billabong’ might on Thursday 14th April at “Fellow Hills”, Morven. The night was held in conjunction with the Australasian Bat Night which is a public awareness programme aimed to show people the fascinating world of bats and to promote their conservation.

Guest speaker, Dr Helen Waudby from Murray Local land Services, chatted to the crowd about the 13 different species of micro-bats found in the landscape and their function in the landscape. Bats play a vital role in the health of ecosystems and our agricultural systems, eating a wide range of insects including a range of species that are agricultural pests.

Helen, along with Dr Alison Matthews and Matthew Gill from CSU, demonstrated how they track and capture bats using harp traps and an anabat. Traps were set up along the Billabong Creek and checked by participants after dark, unfortunately with no luck. Although we didnt capture any bats, a few other nocturnal animals were seen while spotlighting.

A special thanks to Abby and Hamish Paton for hosting the event at “Fellow Hills”.

This event was made possible through the Slopes2Summit Bushlinks project, funded through the Australian Government.

 

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Professor David Lindenmeyer coming to Holbrook

A biodiversity seminar will be held in Holbrook on Wed 18th June involving leading researchers in to the status of wildlife in our landscape. This year marks the 25th anniversary of Landcare, will millions of dollars invested by both private landholders and the public in revegetation across the landscape.

Is it making a difference?

This event is for farmers, landcarers and the general community who want to know that the investments they are making are having an effect. Real data collected in the SWS region.

Researchers have been undertaking studies to look at this question, and the longest data set has been collected by Professor David Lindenmeyer and the Fenner School of Environment and Society at the Australian National University. The SWS Restoration project was established in 2000 and looks at how different faunal groups respond to farm plantings. The project site is very large – from Albury to Gundagai in south eastern NSW. Throughout this region there are 23 selected landscapes, each containing 2 farms – one that has plantings and one that doesn’t. Analyses are being conducted comparing the size, shape, structure and floristic composition and diversity and the use by fauna. In addition, long-term data collection is allowing changes in biodiversity over time to be linked quantitatively with changes in vegetation cover over the same time (i.e. 2000 to the present). http://fennerschool.anu.edu.au/research/projects/south-west-slopes-restoration-study. The team will present their latest findings.

There will be a range of high calibre speakers presenting on frogs, squirrel gliders, reptiles and rocky outcrops, role of revegetation and regeneration in changing our landscape. A detailed program is available on the flyer.