This Friday in Ryrie Park will be the inaugural Biodiversity and Farming Fair. The idea of the Fair is to look at all kinds of possible sustainable farming methods as well as find out more about our birds, bats, reptiles, arachnids (funnel web display), frogs, fish, mammals, monotremes and plant species. The Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council (USLC) and Kosciuscko to Coast (K2C) have joined forces to put this day on.
The Speakers Tent will be the main focus of the day - however invitations have been extended to a range of people to have stalls, demonstrations and displays. Other things happening include compost tea making, a tree seeder & native grass harvesting display, a painting tent for kids and live reptile and fish display, and free grassland tours to a nearby TSR with grassland ecologist Rainer Rehwinkel. K2C’s Kathryn Wells will be facilitating a panel discussion at Lunchtime called ‘Managing the Farming Landscape’.
At 11am Rob Gourlay will be discussing the relationship between soil health and human health – and how to achieve this on farm and in your body. The Stipa Native Grasses Association will be speaking about how to profitably regenerate native pastures, manage weeds out of pastures and store carbon in your soils at 2.30pm at the speakers tent.
We are very lucky to have the chance to hear from Gary Watkins-Sully from ‘The Old Cheese Factory in Reidsdale’ and Bronwyn Richards from ‘Wynlen House’ who will be speaking about Farm Diversification Options, and Small Acre Diverse Productive Enterprises. Bronwyn at 10.45am and Gary at 11.30am.
NSW Bionet and the Atlas of Living Australia are computer based species data sets that let you find out what species (plant and animal) are in you area - and also lets you add sightings to the database. There will be demonstrations throughout the day on how to use these websites.
Steve Sass will be running a bird watching tour around Braidwood at 7am (meet at the rotunda in Ryrie Park). He will also be running a session called ‘Wildlife awareness for kids’ at noon and a more detailed session at 2.30 on ‘Wildlife monitoring techniques for the community.’
Audrey Kutzner, the NPWS ranger from Bungonia, will be collecting stories and sightings of Koalas past and present on the day. If you have any koala stories to share she would love to hear them. Is it true that there were koala’s on every fence post 100 years ago?
Call Felicity on 0427 111 101 or Kathryn Wells (K2C) on 0407 880 712 visit the website at www.uppershoalhavenlandcare.com.au for detailed info on speakers and full program of events.