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BCG project - Frogs on Farms

What is the 'Frogs on Farms' project?

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This map shows the sites of the wildlife ponds in the Wimmera and Mallee. Click on the map to enlarge.

This two-year project aims to determine the best approach to conserve frog populations in the Wimmera and Mallee once the channel system is de-commissioned and develop strategies for maintaining biodiversity values on farms that are efficient in terms of farming resources, cost and water usage.

How will it be done?

The project will test an innovative approach to maintaining frog populations in the Wimmera and Mallee farming landscape. It will determine the use of wildlife ponds by frogs, their ability to disperse from existing water sources into wildlife ponds and the potential to re-establish frogs in areas in their former range.

 

 

Completed pond near Culgoa

Why do it?

A high level of interest in conserving biodiversity on farms has led us to develop a project that will provide further knowledge and support individuals on farm and local communities to actively participate in establishing, monitoring and learning from wildlife water ponds. 

Given the last decade of below average rainfalls and the devastating drought of 2006, providing communities with a water conservation and biodiversity conservation project that can practically be implemented at the local level, will result in a more enjoyable environment in which to live – and give people something positive.

Click here to read about the social, economic and environmental benefits of the project.

 

How will the results be communicated?

The following activities will be undertaken by BCG to ensure effective communication to the industry and community:

Knowledge and results will be shared with scientists (through partnership with Ballarat University and publications in scientific journals), with organisations whose charter it is to implement regional catchment strategies for natural resource management (CMAs), with water authorities whose charter is to supply and manage an effective and efficient water delivery system, and with landholders and local communities who can implement change on ground.

See and hear frogs in a wildlife pond at Manangatang!

For more information

For more information, please contact:
Jonathan Starks
Project Officer
Ph. 0428 922 787

Proudly supported by:

Link to The R.E. Ross Trust websiteLink to The George Alexander Foundation website

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