23rd March 2021 – Multi species cover cropping with Grant Sims – Woodstock
Dung Beetle Project Expression of Interest due 26th February 2021
We are very excited to send out the expression of interest form for you to be part of our project to help establish the winter-active Bubas bison dung beetle around our region. Meet the Bubas bison dung beetle here.
Dung beetles can provide many benefits for our environment and our stock such as :-
- Sequestering carbon in the soil
- Improving soil health in grazing systems
- Reducing the spread of diseases and insect pests, including flies and parasites
- Increasing pasture health and productivity
- Reducing nutrient run-off into waterways.
Before you read further it is essential that you have cattle to take part in the project. It is fine if you have both sheep and cattle. (Sorry everyone else)
We are looking for 6 landholders to put 2 dung beetle nurseries on their properties. We will supply you with the nurseries, Bubas bison beetles and the training to have the best chance of getting these beetles to breed successfully. When the time is right you can then release them onto your farm for them to establish and expand their range.
This region currently has a gap in dung beetle activity during the winter period and through establishing this beetle we are hoping to reap the benefits of dung beetles further into the year. We know they can survive here as a number of landholders purchased colonies in about 2014 and beetles can still be found on their properties.
If you are interested in taking part in this project and are located within the Mid Lachlan Landcare area please complete the EOI (link below) and return to us by the 26th February 2021.
Feel free to give me a call if you would like further information. You can also find out more on our project page here
Thanks to Central Tablelands Local Land Services for providing the funding to get this project up and running.