Jaliigirr Biodiversity Alliance and Bellinger Landcare present a Bush Connect Event

How are ants adapting to climate change? What is old growth? How will the new Biodiversity reforms affect my property? Come along to hear from 4 excellent speakers, including a local landholder from Dorrigo about the work he and his wife are doing on their property to provide habitat for not only wildlife but macroinvertebrates.
  • When 11 Nov, 2016 from 09:30 AM to 01:30 PM (Australia/Sydney / UTC1008)
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Associate Professor Nigel Andrew is the President of the Ecological Society of Australia and Associate Professor of Entomology at the University of New England. He will speak on assessing insect responses to climate change.
Insects are amazing and most are tiny. But they are so ancient and abundant that they play essential roles in ecosystems and agriculture. Like everything else, insects will be affected by climate change. Will many insect species be able to move or adapt quickly enough to survive and keep providing ecosystem services? How can insects be used to assess how climate change interacts with land use management and land cover and assist in making appropriate land management decisions?
One of the great challenges in predicting how biological organisms will respond to a rapidly changing climate is determining if responses of organisms are idiosyncratic, or whether general statements can be made based on evolutionary relationships, or ecological associations.
Nigel Cotsell is a Senior Team Leader with the Ecosystems and Threatened Species Regional Operations Group of OEH. Nigel Costell will present his findings on a comprehensive camera trap study that was set up to examine hollow usage by wildlife in the canopy of trees. Eighty cameras directed at tree hollows were deployed across eight sites in nine species of eucalypt in north-east New South Wales. He will also discuss the term ‘old growth’ and what this means in relation to Northern NSW.
EDO NSW is an independent legal centre specialising in public interest environmental law. Nina Lucas is a solicitor with the EDO and will conduct a presentation addressing the legal framework for private conservation mechanisms, as well as providing an update on the NSW Government’s biodiversity law reforms and what these mean for private conservation.
Numbers are limited, and registration for this workshop is essential – so phone Bellinger Landcare 66550588