Celebrating wetland champions in the Murray region – Bogadillan

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In 2017, students from Rand Public School in Rand, NSW, spent the day with Roy and Leanne Hamilton to learn about their involvement in the Murray Wetland Carbon Storage Project. The students spent time with the Hamilton’s to find out about them and what makes their wetland special. The story was then developed into a book ‘Bogadillan’ through the Creative Catchment Kids program, with support from Murray Local Land Services and the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group Ltd. and funding from the Australian Government.

“Sandy, Sara, Bonnie, Archie, Roy and Leanne Hamilton live on a farm called ‘Bogadillan’, which is situated in New South Wales near the town of Rand. Roy has lived there all his life and is the owner of the farm.

The land that he currently lives on began being farmed in 1926. Their farm is approximately 4,000 hectares. Eighty-eight percent of their land is currently used for cropping while the rest of the land is used for livestock.”

Roy and Leanne Hamilton with their dog (Photo credit: Owen Dunlop, Petaurus Education Group)

Jazmine’s sketch of the wetland area on ‘Bogadillan’ (Photo credit: Jazmine Collier 2017)

“The Hamilton’s have a wetland on their property. This is an important ecosystem that must be sustained and protected. Roy’s grandchild enjoys visiting the wetland on the farm.”

“The Hamilton’s have had their crops and their wetland damaged by many pests such as foxes, rabbits and kangaroos. Although they dislike the pests eating their crops, they still like them as animals.”

Photo credit: Jazmine Collier 2017

“The Hamilton’s went through a few different processes to restore the wetland on their farm. Seeds have been directly planted into the soil by the Hamilton’s with a grant they received from the Murray Darling Wetlands Working Group and Murray Local Land Services. Tube stock planting was not successful at first but the Hamilton’s persevered with direct seeding of plants to increase the vegetation and transform the area into a natural and sheltered habitat.”

“Their wetland is fenced off to stop their sheep from getting in and eating the young plants that are growing in the area. Recently the wetland has been affected by dry conditions and lack of rain.”

Photo credit: Owen Dunlop, Petaurus Education Group

Roy with the new fencing to allow better stock management (Photo credit: Owen Dunlop, Petaurus Education Group; suggested caption)

“Having a wetland on the farm has benefited both the farm itself and the environment. The wetland provides a natural habitat for many plants and animals on the farm. Some of the animals that live in the Hamilton’s wetland include; the Freckled duck, Pacific black duck, Australian wood duck, kangaroos, Squirrel gliders, Water rats and Swamp wallabies. They are all unique species to the area where the Hamilton’s farm was established.”

Photo credit: Jazmine Collier 2017

“Roy’s dog is an important animal on their farm. He is an excellent farm dog and provides great company to the Hamilton family.”

Photo credit: Owen Dunlop, Petaurus Education Group

Students from Rand Public School explore Roy and Leanne’s wetland (Photo credit: Owen Dunlop, Petaurus Education Group)

Roy and Leanne Hamilton are just one of many landholders who took part in the Murray Wetland Carbon Storage Project, which enhanced the biodiversity and carbon storage of 3700 ha of wetlands across the Murray region through on-ground incentive programs with landholders and community groups.

Through their involvement in the project, the Hamilton’s have managed and enhanced 17 ha of River Red Gum – herbaceous tall open forest by undertaking fencing and grazing management. They also revegetated 5 ha by undertaking direct seeding and tubestock planting, fencing and grazing management.

For more information, please contact:

Susanne Watkins
Murray Local Land Services
1300 795 299

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Rand (NSW)
-35.6014276, 146.62298250000003
1300 795 299

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