SWCC and its delivery partners are working with farmers to increase their awareness of the benefits of revegetating degraded land and to tilt the cost/benefit ratio in the farmer’s favour.
One of the key aspects of this project is developing personalised management plans with farmers that can boost productivity through revegetation. A unique plant species mix is selected based on productivity objectives, rather than purely biodiversity objectives. The project also aims to increase productivity by improving pollination from honey bees and other insects.
SWCC is developing a flowering calendar that describes which plants are in flower at different times of year and this will be used to assess the existing vegetation, identify gaps in pollinator food sources and develop revegetation plans.
To demonstrate the concept, SWCC has started working with a commercial orchard in Balingup, a mixed broadacre farm at Boscabel, north-west of Kojonup and several beekeepers.
More information to come…