Between 2006 and 2008, Landcare released 137 ‘colonies’ of ‘new’ dung beetle into the Goulburn Broken catchment. In addition, it conducted a catchment wide survey of dung beetles, to find out which species occurred where. Now, 10 years on, we’re looking to see how successful those releases were and reinvigorate the discussion about the benefits of dung beetles and how to run a dung beetle friendly farm.
John Feehan, ex-CSIRO and dung beetle expert, will kick off the program with a visit to our area. Over the last 25 years, John has addresses hundreds of farmer and community groups around the country and has supplied thousands of colonies of beneficial dung beetles to land owners Australia-wide.
FRIDAY 6th April 2018
Paddock walk & practical information relevant to the horse industry and cattle farming with dung beetle pioneer John Feehan and local expert Bert lobert. At this site we’ve set up a breeding site to help establish Binodis, a summer-active dung beetle, not well established in the catchment.
Time: 3 – 5 pm
Place: 231 Longwood-Ruffy Rd (Anne & Ian Moore’s property), Longwood East.
Evening Session – Formal presentation & discussion
John will speak about all things dung beetle, including his latest discoveries and the recent dung beetle introductions to Australia.
Place: Old Ruffy School, Ruffy
Followed by a Dung Beetle Dinner (curry night) at the Ruffy Store and informal conversations about dung
These events are free but places are limited.
Bookings essential with Janet Hagen ph: 0458904268 email: hughescreek2@gmail.
Funded by HCCC Landcare, GBCMA Beyond Soilcare and Landcare Australia.