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.