A special two-day tour of Mount Burr Swamp and Walker Swamp in October – Private Land Conservation Conference 2019

A special two-day tour of Mount Burr Swamp and Walker Swamp in October – Private Land Conservation Conference 2019

The 2019 Australian Land Conservation Alliance (ALCA) Conference, PLC19, will be held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide from 8th to 10th October, hosted this year by Nature Foundation SA. This annual conference brings together many of Australia’s key nature conservation organisations working on privately owned or managed land. ALCA organisations collectively work across more than 2.9 million square kilometres of Australia (an area more than 5 times the size of France).

PLC19 will pose urgent and compelling questions to the private land conservation sector, industry and businesses, governments, researchers and educators, communities and supporters ‐ how do we work smarter, faster, at larger scale, together? How do we make the profound and positive changes that will propel us further down the path toward large scale, meaningful outcomes?

NGT’s Mark Bachmann will present at the conference on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th October. Mark will tell the stories of how NGT’s private reserves came into being. These are the stories we are often asked to tell but they are not straight forward. You can register for the conference to hear more.

As part of the conference NGT are offering a rare opportunity to participate in a guided tour of two of our cherished wetland properties: Mount Burr Swamp and Walker Swamp. NGT ecologists, including Mark Bachmann, Ben Taylor, Bryan Haywood and Greg Kerr, will lead the tour and explain how we purchased the properties, how we go about restoration planning, funding and implementing restoration works, technical aspects of wetland restoration, monitoring biotic and abiotic responses including threatened species, overcoming the challenges of restoration projects in fragmented landscapes, transitioning land from production to conservation, community involvement in the projects, and next steps in restoration at each site.

Although the tour is intended for conference delegates (including three places reserved for students – free of charge), if the tour does not fill we will make places available for non-delegates. If you are not attending the conference, but are interested in attending the tour, please email Ben Taylor. If there is enough interest, we may also repeat the tour independently of the conference.

Aerial view of Mount Burr Swamp (Photo: Mark De Jong).

Walker Swamp (Photo: Greg Kerr).

Ben Taylor