Ridgey didge we need a light sabre errr life saver

“You do know where it is don’t you”, said Jorn as I happily announced we had been successful in obtaining funding from Southern Dirt for more re-generation work. “Yes, Land for Wildlife site 5”, says I, not really knowing where it was. Okay, over there as I clearly point to the map of the farm. Not really knowing exactly where, you know over there…

Apparently it is rocky ridge country, blink of eye lashes, and this means? River views? Location location in real estate parlance. Good Internet connection potential? Certainly none down at the house.

“How are we going to IMG_2022get the posts in”, clearly I think Jorn is having a lend of me, I am after all country born but lived most of my life as a city girl, I bring a smile and enthusiasm however very little practical knowledge….. I am good at the paper work and writing submissions for grants (apparently). My answer clearly, we do it the way we always do, with the Donnybrook donger Jorn made back in early 1980’s. Here is Jorn out one of the areas to be fenced under the 25th Anniversary Landcare project. Easy, flat, no rocks. We apparently need a little more that old faithful.

As luck and a few telephone calls would have it we have found our saviour in the form of Orchid Valley fencing contractor Kim Sanders. Over we went to visit with some test poles in hand. We use former electricity poles, a bit more work as we have to cut them to size however cheaper than commercially available poles and quicker than finding wood to use from the farm.

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Kim has opted in to rescue us! All we need is a little patience (something that I do not possess). Kim is in demand,very, very busy. However he along with his hydraulic post rammer and tractor are spot on for the task to ram the strainer posts into the very rocky ridges that is “Kayla’s Woodland”. (And yes there are views.)

Action plan implemented! The poles aka strainer posts, are all laid out ready to go. We just need to wait for a window of opportunity for the light sabre!

We could never have undertaken any of the work we have done without the unfailing generosity of friends and neighbours. Bellalee has been leased since the year 2000, thus the majority of the equipment used is begged and borrowed. We feel very blessed to have been able undertake this work.

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What is riparian land?

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Riparian land is any land that adjoins or directly influences a body of water. It includes:

* the land immediately alongside small creeks and rivers, including the river bank itself;

* gullies and dips which sometimes run with water;

* areas surrounding lakes; and

* wetlands and river floodplains which interact with the river in times of flood.

Riparian land also plays an important role in the lifecycle of many native animals and plants, it provides wildlife corridors as well as being a refuge for animals in times of drought or fire.

By its very nature, riparian land is fragile, and performs a vital link between land and water ecosystems.

Riparian vegetation is made up of the native plant species that grow alongside creek-lines , enhancing the habitat value of an area and providing stability to creek banks.

Riparian revegetation can halt the degradation of land alongside waterways, prevent erosion of creek banks during storm events and provide habitat for fauna.

We spotted many native animals on a short walk through the Cockatoo Creek corridor over the Easter long weekend this year, particularly the birdlife. As we were fencing I was struck by the diversity of birdsong. It made me determined to have a break at take the time to spot some of the voices the song belonged too. Unfortunately I only had the ipad, not the best for taking photos with. Next time I will ensure I have the camera nearby rather rather than on the kitchen table a few kilometres away in the farm house…..