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Ten ways to improve natural assets on a farm

Management guide

Ten ways to improve natural assets on a farm

This booklet highlights ten discrete projects that farmers can undertake to improve the health of natural assets – such as dams, shelterbelts or riparian areas – on their properties.

Planting guides

Planting guide

Powerful Pollinators: Encouraging insect pollinators in farm landscapes

Planting guide for North East Victoria, the NSW Murray-Riverina, South West Slopes and parts of Central Tablelands and Central West.

Guides

What to plant in and around your dam

Native vegetation in and around a farm dam has many benefits for water quality, farm productivity and biodiversity. This brochure provides guidance on the types of plants suitable for revegetating dams, and includes lists of recommended plants.

Management guides

Management guide

Managing natural assets: Rocky outcrops

Rocky outcrops come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from huge granite boulders strewn across hilltops, to small collections of scattered rocks in a paddock.

Documents

Fire in farm landscapes: Keep your fallen timber and dead trees

Keeping fallen timber and dead trees in the landscape is one of the best things you can do for biodiversity and landscape health on your farm. 

Documents

Riparian Restoration Brochure 2019

Watercourses and their accompanying riparian areas hold enormous value for farming operations and are important assets for production and biodiversity.

Documents

Shelterbelts brochure

Well-designed shelterbelts provide a multitude of benefits to farm productivity and wildlife conservation.

Management guide

Farm Dam Enhancement brochure

Thousands of farm dams dot the landscape and, with appropriate management, can help restore biodiversity by providing much needed wetland habitats for native wildlife.

Videos

Videos

Improving farm dams: a farmer’s perspective

Marcus Richardson runs a beef property near Albury in NSW. During the drought, he spotted an opportunity to protect some of the farm’s most vital assets – the dams. In this video, he explains why and how he decided to protect and enhance his farm dams for multiple benefits.

Apr 2020

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Videos

After fire comes recovery: Life in a farm dam

This farm near Batlow burnt badly in January 2020. Heavy rain followed on the bare, burnt earth, and farmer David Waters was worried that his dam – and the family of platypus that lived there – would suffer.

Jun 2020

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Videos

How to build a wildlife island on your farm dam

Ever thought about building a wildlife island on your farm dam? Artificial islands are great for habitat and refuge ???

Jun 2020

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Videos

ANU long-term ecology video

ANU Sustainable Farms is based on 20 years of long-term ecological monitoring.

Jan 2017

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Webinars

Webinars

Webinar: Planning & planting to maximise the potential of farm dams

Webinar recording: Hear about the latest research on the biodiversity and productivity benefits of enhancing farm dams, what to plant where and other practical tips for planning a farm dam enhancement project.

Oct 2021

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Webinars

Webinar: Choughs, miners, and boosting bird biodiversity on farms

Join us for an online discussion about two fascinating species of birds – noisy miners and choughs. Plus, how to create the habitat that will bring back the birds we want on farms.

Aug 2021

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Webinars

Webinar: Powerful Pollinators

Hosted by ANU Sustainable Farms and the Wheen Bee Foundation, join ANU Professor Saul Cunningham, Sustainable Farms’ ecologist Angelina Siegrist, and Anna Carrucan from Wheen Bee Foundation discussing native and European pollinators and their effect on grazing and cropping.

Sep 2020

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Webinars

Webinar: Investing in healthy farms for the future – a policy proposal

In an era of climatic uncertainty and increasing droughts, farm improvement projects that restore degraded land, enhance natural assets and improve drought resilience are becoming ever more important. However, sustainable funding of these projects presents a challenge that requires novel solutions.

Webinars

Webinar: Brilliant Birds

Join ANU Sustainable Farms ecologist Dave Smith and Birdlife Australia’s Ben Humphries for a webinar all about birds on farms!

Sep 2020

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Webinars

Webinar: Designing and enhancing shelterbelts

This webinar covers Sustainable Farms research into the best way to design shelterbelts for maximum productivity benefits, and benefits for woodland bird biodiversity.

Jun 2020

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Webinars

Webinar: Enhancing farm dams

Join Sustainable Farms ecologists Dr Mason Crane and Eleanor Lang, and Local Land Services District Vet Eve Hall, to discuss enhancing farm dams for multiple benefits.

Jun 2020

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Webinars

Webinar: Woodlands on farms – Endangered Ecological Communities

A webinar on the management of Endangered Ecological Communities (EECs) in Central West NSW, presented by Daniel Florance from Sustainable Farms.

Jun 2020

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Webinars

Webinar: Biodiversity recovery after bushfire

Join Professor David Lindenmayer from the Australian National University and Sustainable Farms ecologist Dr Mason Crane for a webinar to learn about biodiversity recovery after bushfire.

May 2020

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Documents

Sustainable Farms Field Day Toolkit

The Sustainable Farms Field Day Toolkit is for people who are organising, or partnering to organise, a field day.

Reports

Method to measure practice change. A report by Sustainable Farms for the Central Tablelands LLS

A report commissioned by Central Tablelands LLS outlining a methodology for measuring practice change.

Books

Books

Learning From Experience book

In this book, eight farmers connected with Sustainable Farms share their stories of land management in the woodlands of southeastern Australia. The stories are based on interviews conducted by Natasha Fijn.

Sep 2020

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Sustainable Farms Reports

Documents

Sustainable Farms project area map

A simplified map of the Sustainable Farms project area.

Reports

Sustainable Farms Baseline Evaluation Report: a snapshot of farmers within the project area

This report provides a baseline snapshot of farmers within the Sustainable Farms project area to enable measurement of progress and ultimately the long-term impact of the initiative.

Reports

2018 Annual Report

An account of Sustainable Farms 2018 performance against key performance indicators

Reports

2019 Annual Report

An account of Sustainable Farms 2019 performance against key performance indicators

Reports

2020 Annual Report

An account of Sustainable Farms 2020 performance against key performance indicators

Reports

Report for Meat and Livestock Australia

Report by Sustainable Farms produced for Meat and Livestock Australia

Podcasts

Episode Nine: Farm planning for better biodiversity and reduced fire risk

In our second podcast on fire in farm landscapes, Sustainable Farms Ecology Research Director Professor David Lindenmayer explains that managing farms for biodiversity doesn’t necessarily mean increasing fire risk.

Jan 2020

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Podcasts

Episode Eight: After fire comes recovery – a message of hope

Summer 2019-2020 brought unprecedented bushfire conditions to south-eastern Australia, with millions of hectares burnt so far this fire season.

Jan 2020

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Podcasts

Episode Seven: Max Whitten talks about honeybees

In this podcast from Sustainable Farms, Gordon Taylor talks to Dr Max Whitten (former Chief at the CSIRO Division of Entomology) about the role of honeybees in Australian agriculture.

Nov 2019

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Podcasts

Episode Six: Max Whitten talks about Dieback

In this podcast from Sustainable Farms, Dr Max Whitten, former Chief at the CSIRO Division of Entomology, talks to podcast host Gordon Taylor about dieback in paddock trees.

Aug 2019

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Podcasts

Episode Five: Mason Crane talks about Squirrel Gliders

Join Sustainable Farms Senior Research and Extension Officer Mason Crane as he talks about Squirrel Gliders, the subject of his PhD.

Apr 2019

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Podcasts

Episode Four: Mason Crane talks about farm revegetation

Welcome back to the Sustainable Farms podcast. In this episode, field ecologist Mason Crane speaks to Gordon Taylor about farm revegetation projects.

Mar 2019

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Podcasts

Episode Three: An innovative proposal for farm financing

Many farmers are concerned that government financing schemes particularly in times of drought can lead them into unrepayable debt, and risk of property foreclosure down the track.

Oct 2018

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Podcasts

Episode Two: Talking about Farm Dams

How does investing in the natural assets of a farm, like shelterbelts and farm dams, enable farmers to be more resilient in drought, while at the same time help to support the biodiversity on farms? 

Oct 2018

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Podcasts

Episode One: An introduction to the Sustainable Farms project

Director of Sustainable Farms, Michelle Young, talks about why the project has been established and its key goals and activities.

Sep 2018

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