Brunswick Valley Landcare regularly applies for grants to run on-ground projects. Below are details of some of our current and past projects.
Making cows greener
BVL arranged a very successful, full-day workshop on Regenerative Agriculture in late 2018, attended by approximately 200 people at The Farm, Byron Bay.
Speakers included Dr. Charles Massy, farmer and author of The Call of The Reed Warbler, Charlie Arnott, grazier and biodynamic educator, David Trevor-Jones, grazier and holistic farmer Byron Bay, Glenn Morris, organic beef producer, Pam Brook, Brookfarm, Rob Randall from Norco and Rob Pekin from Food Connect.
Attendees were treated to great presentations and a wealth of information to help educate and inspire producers and interested people. Topics included the basics of Rag, why and how?, examples of successful adopters, product marketing, trends and the thinking process for adopting Rag practices.
More workshops arranged by Farming Into The Future are proposed, and a video of the FITF day is available.
In 2019 BVL arranged a workshop and field day at a large native cabinet timber facility in Federal, NSW., featuring species from the Big Scrub subtropical rainforest.
Approximately 70 attendees were inspired by the facility, the speakers discussing their journeys and their do’s and don’ts, Southern Cross University experts and researchers, and local producers who are integrating green crops with timber production.
Native cabinet timber production in this region has a big future and several new growers have entered the process since the workshop.
Restoring fish habitat on Marshalls Creek, Brunswick River
Brunswick Valley Landcare in conjunction with Byron Shire Council, has been successful in its recent application for a NSW Government funded Fish Habitat Action grant from the Department of Primary Industries.
Brunswick Valley Landcare has been working in the popular spot known locally as Shaleys Corner, Casons Lane, New Brighton. The aim is to revegetate the currently eroding creek banks using native trees, shrubs and sedges. Once established the root systems of the native vegetation should aid in greatly reducing any further erosion of the creek bank. Areas that have already suffered from erosion have degradable coir logs installed to aid in establishment of native plants. Weeding of non-native species has also occurred.
The project has formed partnerships and consulted with National Parks and Wildlife Service, Cape Byron Marine Parks, Ocean Shores Country Club, Madhima Gulgan Community Association (Aboriginal Bush Regeneration Team) and Nature Ally Bush Regeneration.
Going to dizzy heights to install nest boxes
Owl Box number 12 in Brunswick Valley Landcare’s Nest Box Project has been generating a lot of excitement! It contains evidence that three different creatures have made their home in it, or at least tried to.
The boobook perched on a nearby branch is the latest occupant. I believe at least two of the eggs inside are hers.
A whole lot of wood duck down feathers and the other two eggs in the box lead me to believe that a wood duck was interrupted in her brooding and chased from the box.
In the winter there were lots of leaves in this box and a squad of gliders … this photo from June 2016.
Not such good news from one of the motion detecting cameras that was installed at one of the boxes that has a lot of activity. A feral cat climbing a large eucalypt! A cat trap has now been placed at the base of the tree but no luck yet capturing the villain! You can view the video here Cat Video on Facebook
Brunswick Valley Landcare’s Nestbox project started in 2014 after a successful crowd funding campaign to raise funds to install owl nest boxes. It has now grown and we have installed 40 nest boxes over the last 2 years. We have lots of different kinds of boxes, not only ones for owls. We monitor the boxes regularly and add the information to our database. The monitoring has shown that hollows must be in short supply as 60% of our boxes are occupied and some within 3 months of being installed.
To see more of the results from the last round of nest box monitoring please visit the Brunswick Valley Landcare Facebook page. Brunswick Valley Landcare Facebook
To borrow a cat trap please contact Byron Shire Council.