NSW woodland ecosystems have been cleared by more than 90% across their range, resulting in many woodland plants and animals now being rare or threatened. Southern NSW woodlands are home to over 250 species of birds and nearly half of these species have declined in the past few decades. Many are now listed as threatened.
Join Richard Beggs from the Australian National University and Jed Pearson from the Molonglo Conservation Group to learn about woodland birds and how to protect their habitat on your farm.
At this workshop we will learn about the endangered birds in this region, discuss their habitat requirements and discover how to enhance their habitat on farms. The workshop will include a plant identification session in the afternoon where we will look at local understory plants and why they are important for woodland birds. Tobi Edmonds the acting Regional Manager from the Biodiversity Conservation Trust will be at the workshop to talk about the role farmers have in protecting threatened ecosystems.
Richard Beggs is an ecologist with ANU Sustainable Farms. Richard studied agriculture at Aberdeen University, completed a Masters Degree at the University of Western Australia and a PhD at the ANU Fenner School of Environment and Society. Richard’s PhD thesis examined the impact of Noisy Miners in Box Gum Grassy Woodlands.
ANU Sustainable Farms supports farmers, Landcare, community organisations and government to protect and enhance the natural capital of the south western region of NSW. ANU Sustainable Farms researches and promotes the benefits of natural asset farming in a region where only 4% of the original Box Gum Grassy Woodland remains.
Jed Pearson is the Project Officer for Molonglo Conservation Group, he is currently managing the Saving Our Species project 'Woodland Birds in Travelling Stock Reserves in the Bungendore/Braidwood region'. Jed is a Water Watch coordinator and training to be a Land for Wildlife assessor. Jed studied agriculture in Tamworth and has recently completed Conservation and Land Management at Canberra Institute of Technology in Canberra.
What to expect
This workshop will be a mix of short theory sessions and paddock walks. In the afternoon we will break into groups for a plant identification session. You will be walking on rough, uneven ground in a paddock. For this workshop you may wish to bring your binoculars and hand lens if you have them. You need to bring your own chair, drink bottle, cup, notebook and pen.
Please wear warm clothing and shoes suitable for walking around a farm and sitting in a shed. Dogs are not allowed at this workshop, even in cars. If you have an assistance dog please or mobility concerns please contact the coordinator prior to the workshop to discuss your needs.
The Small Farms Network Capital Region has developed a Covid-19 safety plan and will be following National Covid-19 safety guidelines. You can read the SFNCR Covid-19 policy here.
This workshop is part of the Partnering in Private Land Conservation project, a joint initiative delivered by Landcare NSW and the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust.