Matt Herring one of Australia’s leading freshwater ecologists and an expert with experience in creating ‘quality water’ on working farms will present “Better water – better life” 11th March Breadalbane & 12th March Dalton
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Gunning District Landcare presents
Better Water – Better Life 11 &12 March (Breadalbane/Dalton)
Matt Herring, one of Australia’s leading freshwater ecologists and an expert with experience in creating ‘quality water’ on working farms will present “Better water – better life”.  At this day you’ll learn about the link between better water and better animal performance.  You’ll learn how nature can do the hard work for you [with a little setup help from you!] making the water you offer your animals better quality.  You’ll get to experience this first hand.  You’ll also learn about aquatic plants from an expert.  What to plant, how to plant them and what not to do.  There’ll even be a little information on our marvellous fish and frog. (Yellow spotted Bell frog & Southern Pygmy Perch)
Who should come to this special day: Farmers large and small and anyone with an interest in making their piece of Australia better. (yes everyone!)
When: two [identical] days – you choose which one suits you best. Either
Friday 11th March,  Breadalbane Hall 9:30am – 3pm or
Saturday 12th March,  Dalton Uniting Hall 9:30 am – 3pm

Lunch is included.  The day includes a site visit so wear appropriate clothes and footwear.  It’s going to be a hands-on experience!

Places are limited. Please RSVP by Wednesday 9 March to or 4845 5129 to secure your place. 
Farm dams have enormous potential to support more biodiversity, helping to make agriculture ecologically sustainable. Simple changes can make a huge difference... read more about it here:

Farm Dam Blitz is a short film for landholders interested in enhancing wildlife habitat in their farm dams. Farmers from New South Wales and Victoria talk about what they’ve done to make wildlife more welcome on their properties. Follow presenter and wildlife ecologist Matt Herring as he himself transforms alongside the farm dams. 

Matt Herring has 15 years experience as an ecologist. His consultancy (Murray Wildlife) is contracted by Landcare and other community conservation groups, as well as government and industry. Working on more than 850 farms in the Murray-Darling Basin, he’s become a strong advocate for working alongside farmers to unleash the conservation potential of private land. He is passionate about the ideal of producing food and conserving biodiversity at the same time.

His projects increase the awareness of local wildlife diversity, empower rural communities with practical knowledge to make positive change, and distill conservation science into locally relevant on-ground actions. Working closely with more than 3000 farmers over an eight year period, he applied a community engagement and wildlife survey model across 3 million hectares in the Murray River region. He has produced a large amount of educational material, and has worked on a broad range of ecological research projects, such as wetland management for threatened waterbirds, environmental flow prioritisation, the role of mistletoe as a keystone resource, and the response of woodland birds to revegetation.

After a seminal study on Brolgas, Matt graduated from Charles Sturt University with first class honours in 2001 and has developed a deep, burgeoning knowledge of biodiversity conservation in Australia, and beyond. In 2010-2011, he helped establish a natural resource management school in the remote Ecuadorian Amazon with the Waorani people, and for four years worked closely with the Kimberley Land Council training Indigenous Rangers in biodiversity surveying and conservation.

Matt has conducted more than 270 field days, seminars, forums, conference presentations and workshops pertaining to ecology, biodiversity and conservation, and has published more than 50 reports, booklets, papers and field guides. He has also reviewed papers and books for Ecological Management and Restoration and Australian Zoologist.  Matt has valuable media experience; his work resulting in over 180 newspaper articles, 50 radio interviews and seven television appearances.

RSVP by 9th March to or 4845 5129 to secure your place.
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