John describes his farm as ‘a drained swamp’ adjacent to a bird sanctuary, with established shelterbelts at the edge of paddocks. Having been a swamp, the land has heavy soil that is wet in winter and dries hard in summer.
Decisions, and their benefits, that John mentions include:
- Choosing a heritage breed of sheep suited to the climate.
- Extensive revegetation and the creation of 17 acres of wetlands, including seasonal (ephemeral) billabongs as well as deeper billabongs. These encourage breeding birds and a diversity of insect life. A healthy relationship of predator birds and insects has developed that reduces pest insect numbers.
- Creating new shelterbelts in the middle rather than down the edge of paddocks. This creates a gentle microclimate for sheep as well as encouraging biodiversity.
- and shelter benefit John’s livestock, as well as local koalas, indigenous plant and insect populations and birds.
Concepts in this video include:
, Design Decisions