Native vegetation on farms for production and conservation goals

26 June 2017

There are a large number of species and ecological communities that are under threat of extinction, mostly due to land clearing and related loss of habitats. Farmer should be aware of their responsibilities to prevent further damage to the natural resource base and to protect biodiversity. Victorian farmers have a number of legal obligations in managing biodiversity on their farms. Native vegetation contributes to water quality, landscape values and long-term productivity of the land.

On Saturday 24 June 2017, 15 people took part in a field day that looked at a demonstration site which is seeking to enhance the connectivity of native vegetation along the Sheepwash Creek biolink in the Arthurs Seat – Red Hill – South Dromana area. These areas form an important wildlife corridor, connecting the western section of Arthurs Seat escarpment with Mornington Peninsula National Park at Greens Bush and Bushrangers Bay/Cape Schanck.

The demonstration looked at how native vegetation on farms can be managed for both production and conservation goals, including looking at the protecting of farm paddock trees.

Guest speaker Gidja Walker talked about restoration ecology and ways to promote regeneration of native species. Michele Sabto and Blair Luxmoore (from the Mornington Peninsula Landscape  Network and NRCL) discussed their Mornington Peninsula Landscape Project and the importance of biolink planning and connecting vegetation across a fragmented landscape.

Thanks to everyone who came along and we’ll report on the demonstration site’s progress in the future.