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Birds get a new home at Balldale wetland

Ross and Lee McDonald are establishing a wetland wildlife park on their property at Balldale.

They are part of a group of 13 farmers in region who have entered a partnership with Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group and Murray Local Land Services with funding from the Australian Government to turn degraded wetlands into a haven for birds and improve carbon storage on their properties.

Through the Murray Wetland Carbon Storage project, the McDonald's have received financial and technical support to fence an 82ha wetland to manage stock grazing and install a bird hide. "We want to encourage birds and animals to the wetland and establish a few more trees around the wetland edge" said Ross.

"The wetland is a really attractive part of the farm. Girl Guides have camped at the wetland in the past and we want to picnic and camp at the area more ourselves. We have installed a bird hide for bird watching so we can learn to identify different bird species" added Lee.

"There are several farmers in the area who are doing wetland and native vegetation conservation on their places and together we are building a network of wildlife habitat links. By each of us doing a little bit we can make a real difference to the local environment and I'd encourage anyone who is interested in better managing their wetlands to get involved in the project" said Lee.

A new funding round of the Murray Wetland Carbon Storage Project is now open and wetland sites are being sought in the central area of the NSW Murray region. Activities such as revegetation, altered grazing management (including fencing), pest animal control, weed control, environmental water delivery, and educational and monitoring resources to improve wetland management are supported by the project.

Landholders within the local government areas of Berrigan, Jerilderie, Urana, Corowa and Greater Hume who are interested in rehabilitating wetlands on their properties should contact Sarah Ning, Wetland Carbon Storage Project Officer on 0427 376 157 to register their interest.

More information

Sarah Ning, Murray Wetland Carbon Storage Project, m: 0427 376 157