A big thank you to our hard working volunteer dung beetle monitors for completing a years’ worth of beetle trapping in Southern Gippsland. Results have confirmed a suspected gap in dung beetle activity over winter, however we found good activity in spring, autumn and especially summer.
To protect dung beetle populations it is important to use drenches that have little impact on larvae – eg. Cydectin.
Now we know what beetles are active, where and when, we will continue investigating suitable winter active species to introduce in the activity gap. This work has started by trying to breed B. bison and O. vacca, but with mixed results, and we will look at other species. This project was undertaken in partnership with South Gippsland Landcare Network, and funded through the Victorian Landcare Grants and WGCMA.
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You are invited to an exciting farm walk at the Glen Alvie property of Dani and Brad Carr.
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